Psoriasis

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.

PRP Lunch and Learn Event:October 19!

So, in case you missed it last week, we have a new amazing procedure we’re doing known as PRP.  PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plamsa and it can do some pretty awesome things! Let’s re-cap.  What is PRP? Platelet-Rich Plasma, is a procedure where the use of...

October Product Specials: 10th and 11th

Just like that October is here and the holiday season begins!  We aren’t holding back on our amazing product specials this month and are featuring (for the first time) savings on one of Dr. Roz’s favorite Dynamic Duo’s. “I was a faithful user...

Eclipse PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce PRP, which stands for platelet rich plasma, to our office.  While the use of PRP has been around since the 1970’s, the application of plasma has ranged from heart surgery to dentistry, and has also made it’s...

Restock your regimen from home!

WDC is excited to announce the new launch of our SkinMedica product online ordering feature on our website!  Now you can restock your regimen from the comfort of your home….and the best part is it’s two-day free shipping.  You can access the entire...

Geneveve for Women’s Health: Lunch and Learn

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Geneveve focused on women’s health and wellness, is the latest and greatest in non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation! When you think rejuvenation procedures the first thing you probably think is face.  While that is a major...