Psoriasis Specialist

Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center

Eleanor Y. Ford, MD

Dermatology Clinic located in Silver Spring, MD

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes red, scaly skin patches. Dr. Eleanor Y. Ford offers diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis for patients throughout Silver Spring, Maryland and neighboring communities. Appointments are available at her practice, Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center. If psoriasis is getting in the way of your enjoyment of life, call or book an appointment online to find relief today.

Psoriasis

by Eleanor Y. Ford, MD

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes red, raised, dry and cracked scaly skin patches. The rash often causes itching and burning as well as a vivid, red rash. A rapid buildup of skin cells causes the skin patches. In some cases, psoriasis can also affect the fingernails, resulting in discoloration and small depressions in the nail. Psoriasis ranges from mild to severe.

Normal skin regeneration follows a 30-day cycle. Psoriasis shortens that cycle to 3-4 days which leads to the buildup of excess skin cells since your body can’t shed old skin cells as quickly as the new ones are being produced. The rash is most often found on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet, and genitals.


What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Symptoms of psoriasis vary from patient to patient but frequently include the following conditions:

  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Itching or burning sensations
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Red patches of skin
  • Silvery scales
  • Thickened nails

How is psoriasis treated?

Unfortunately, there's no cure for psoriasis, although there are a variety of treatments available to relieve and manage your symptoms effectively. In most cases, initial treatment is directed toward clearing the skin of any existing rashes or scales.

At the same time, Dr. Ford will create a treatment plan to disrupt and regulate the abnormal skin growth cycle that's causing your excessive production of skin cells. Depending on your specific needs, she may prescribe topical treatments, oral medications, light therapies or a combination of treatments.

Topical treatment for psoriasis typically involves the prescription of corticosteroid creams, vitamin D serums, or topical retinoids. These topical medications reduce inflammation and skin-cell growth. As a result, the symptoms of mild-to-moderate psoriasis can be reduced.

If you have a severe case of psoriasis, Dr. Ford may prescribe oral medications, or a new class of medications that are aimed at reregulating the immune system. These medications are more comprehensive, effective and safe.

If you live with psoriasis, call or book an appointment online to see Dr. Ford today. She’ll help you to find relief from your symptoms and reduce your future flare-ups.