Psoriasis Q&A

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that causes your body to make skin cells too rapidly. The excess skin cells result in scaly, itchy patches on your body. The dermatologists at A to Z Dermatology in Chandler, Mesa, Sun City, Casa Grande, or Gold Canyon, AZ can help treat your Psoriasis symptoms.

Characteristics of Psoriasis

Psoriasis patches can develop anywhere on your body. The most common areas of your body which may be affected are your:
● Knees
● Elbows
● Lower back
● Scalp

Psoriasis patches can form single small patches or come together to make one large area. Psoriasis patches can itch severely and be extremely uncomfortable.

Classification of Psoriasis

Psoriasis can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the percentage of your body that is affected by psoriasis patches. Mild psoriasis, which involves 3% of your body, moderate psoriasis, which involves 3% to 10% of your body, and severe psoriasis, which involves over 10% of your body.

Treatment of Mild Psoriasis

For mild cases of psoriasis, your dermatologist may recommend treatment to control itching, which may include:
● Prescription-strength shampoos, bath treatments, and moisturizing creams
● Prescription-strength topical medications with steroids
● Laser or light treatment to limit or get rid of psoriasis patches

Treatment of Moderate to Severe Psoriasis

For moderate to severe psoriasis, the team at A to Z Dermatology may recommend some of the same treatment options for mild psoriasis, plus medications to stop your skin cells from growing as quickly, remove scales, and smooth your skin. Your dermatologist may recommend:
● Medications to reduce inflammation and reduce skin cell production, including Ilumya and Otezla
● Biologic medications to suppress the immune system, including Skyrizi, Humira, Tremfya, and Cosentyx

What You Can Do to Help Manage Psoriasis

You can do a lot to help yourself when you have psoriasis. For instance, it’s common to have triggers that make your condition worse, like stress. Avoiding triggers like these can help you manage your psoriasis more successfully.

Want To Know More?

To learn more about psoriasis and psoriasis treatment offered by our dermatologist, call the dermatologists at A to Z Dermatology. You can reach them in any of their five convenient office locations in Chandler, Mesa, Sun City, Casa Grande, or Gold Canyon, AZ, by calling (480) 982-3337, so call today.

Mesa Office


4540 E Baseline Road, Suite 109,
Mesa, AZ 85206