Dr. Michael Margulies of Miami, Florida is a dermatologist who offers aesthetic and medical dermatology solutions. One of the most common skin ailments and autoimmune conditions seen in his practice is that of psoriasis. This overgrowth of skin cells on the skin can cause men and women to develop areas of thick patches of excess skin and scales. This is the most typical form of psoriasis called plaque psoriasis. However, there are other types that may affect certain areas of the body or present themselves in a different way.
Is there a cure for psoriasis?
Even though psoriasis is a very common skin disorder experienced by patients of all ages, there is not yet a cure for it. Instead, patients will need to work with a dermatological professional such as Dr. Michael Margulies to develop a treatment plan that works at controlling the condition, reducing its appearance, and preventing flare-ups.
What type of treatment is available for psoriasis?
There are three common methods of treating psoriasis with a dermatologist, including the following options:
- Topical medications. Because psoriasis shows on the skin, it is beneficial to consider the use of prescription topical creams in the area affected. This may include creams and ointments for plaque psoriasis, and even shampoos and moisturizers that contain Vitamin A and D.
- Oral medications. For some patients, treating the condition from the “inside out” is an effective way of reducing flare-ups or treating current problems. Some medications that are used to treat the body’s immune response include cyclosporine and methotrexate. There are also improvements in medication therapy, including the introduction of drugs known as “biologics” used to target the immune system’s response. Common medication includes Humira, Enbrel, and Remicade.
- Phototherapy. Using specialized treatment of UV light, some patients find relief from flare-ups with phototherapy. This light is administered in small amounts to the treatment area to improve psoriasis.
Have you received a diagnosis of psoriasis?
If so, we welcome you to Kendall Dermatology in Miami, FL to discuss treatment solutions. New and current patients can call (305) 595-0393 today to request a visit. Appointments are available for those who are interested in visiting with a cosmetic or medical dermatology professional.