Psoriasis is a non-contagious, chronic skin disease which may have periods of relative remission and flares (similar to asthma). The cause of psoriasis is unknown but there appears to be a genetic predisposition. Injury to the skin, severe emotional stress, and infections (i.e. strep throat) can lead to a flare of psoriasis. Psoriasis is predominately a disease of adults, but can occur in childhood. 10-20% of patients also have joint involvement, which can lead to deformity and disability if left untreated. In addition to its physical impact on your skin, psoriasis can also affect your emotional, psychological and social well-being. This visible and lifelong disease may change how you view yourself and interact with others.

Psoriasis Skincare Treatment

While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are fantastic treatments which can control the disease. Treatment of psoriasis depends upon the extent and severity of your disease, as well as the location of the plaques. Mild to moderate psoriasis may be treated with topical steroids, vitamin D or vitamin A-derived topical treatments, and salicylic acid or coal tar preparations. Moderate cases usually respond well to combination therapy with topicals and light treatments. More severe cases and those with associated arthritis may need systemic therapy. Choices include methotrexate, cyclosporine, or Soriatane®. These treatments are not without risk and must be monitored with bloodwork. It is imperative that you obtain the necessary bloodwork to monitor these drugs as liver damage, kidney damage or even death can occur if not properly managed.

Newer medications include biologic meds such as Enbrel®, Amevive®, Raptiva®, Humira® and Remicade®. These medications work to suppress very specific inflammatory mediators (rather than suppressing the entire immune system). They are either injections or intravenous medications and require pre-treatment bloodwork, tuberculosis testing, and periodic monitoring during treatment. They are effective for both psoriatic skin disease and psoriatic arthritis. Dr. George has used all of these drugs and is comfortable prescribing them and managing patients who need more aggressive therapy.

Science behind the serum

TNS Essential Serum has been one of our favorite and must have products for years on end!  While it is also one of our top price-point items, there’s a reason why and many reasons to love it.  Today we’re going to break down the science behind the serum...
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Ultherapy: The Lunchtime Lift

While some lasers, like Fraxel, are a bit risky to do in the summer with the sun and heat as our biggest culprit….Ultherapy is one of our favorite summertime and anytime procedures for a number of reasons! Also known as the lunchtime lift, Ultherapy is a non-invasive...
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June Product Specials: 14th & 15th

We’re keeping the summertime savings coming on June 14th and 15th with specials on some of our biggest sellers and favorite products all-around.  We’ve got savings on one of Dr. George’s and many of the staff members personal favorites, our TNS...
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Sunscreen: The facts

We talk about it all the time…”use sunscreen” everyone says, while this statement is very true there are some guidelines to using sunscreen in order to give you optimal protection from the sun.  The truth is, people usually get sunburned not because...
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And the Best of Winner is…..

As many of you know, Wilmington Magazine publishes a Best of issue where they list the best businesses in town.  For another consecutive year WDC was nominated as the top Dermatology practice in the area!   We have also been recognized as the leading injectable...
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