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Psoriasis is a common skin disorder which leads to pink to purple patches with silvery scale. It affects over 7 million people in the united states. The cause is due to an over active immune system, and environmental and hereditary factors play a role.

Psoriasis causes a rash with sometimes, but not always itchy, scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp. It can also appear as red to purple patches in the skin folds such as the underarms, groin, and leg creases.   Psoriasis can flare with changes in the weather, stress, smoking, and alcohol. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for psoriasis. However, there are many new and effective treatments for psoriasis including topical creams, pills and injectable biologics.  Our experienced providers can find the right treatment plan for you to help control your psoriasis.

How to control Psoriasis flares?

In most cases, psoriasis is mild and limited to a few body areas.  General treatments include: Topical creams, ointments and foams containing steroids, Vitamin D3 ,  retinoids, aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonists, and  PDE4 inhibitors. There are oral medications as well that include an immune modifier, Otezla. Biologics available include injectable IL-23 inhibitors, IL17 inhibitors, and TNF alpha inhibitors. Ask your provider what you’re a candidate for to treat your psoriasis. These biologics can clear the appearance of psoriasis and treat psoriatic arthritis as well.  The advancements in biologic treatments have been life changing for people suffering from psoriasis, such as Dr. Carolyn Jacob, our Medical Director.

“When I was 14, I was diagnosed with psoriasis of the skin, scalp and nails.  I thought my social life was doomed, and that I would always be suffering from an itchy, scaly, disfiguring disease.  Luckily, I became interested in medicine at the age of 8, and was also fortunate to work for the dermatologist who diagnosed me.  Working in a dermatology office through high school and my college years taught me that I had a passion to help others with skin disorders.  Fast forward to the mid 2000’s when biologics became available.  I first treated one of my best friends who had suffered with psoriasis since age 6.  3 months after initiation of treatment, she called me in tears, because she had not had clear skin since childhood, and now she does!  Advancement in treatment options for psoriasis have been phenomenal, and I have the pleasure of now telling patients, I have psoriasis, but you cannot see it!  It is life changing to not have to worry about shedding skin, or nail disfiguration, or an itchy scalp.”

We at CCSD are committed to getting your psoriasis cleared for you.  Please contact us for an appointment to find out how to best improve your skin.


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Dr. Ibrahim is AMAZING. He has such a wonderful ‘bed side manner’ and his experience is multifaceted. I go to him for both regular skin concerns and cosmetic reasons and he has been able to help with every issue I have! He is by far the best dermatologist I have been to and I recommend him 100%

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