Psoriasis Specialist

Psoriasis can be a troubling skin condition. Dr. Berry has over 30 years of experience in dermatology cases, such as psoriasis. Patients in the Howard Beach and Ocean Parkway areas of New York City can benefit from his expertise in treating troubled skin.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes a build up of cells to rapidly form over the surface of the skin. It causes thick, scaly patches to grow either in limited spots or covering much larger areas of the skin. The patches can be itchy, dry, red, and sometimes painful. The symptoms can go through cycles where it flares and then subsides into remission. It can be classified into different types of psoriasis:

  • Plaque psoriasis - It causes dry, raised, red skin lesions covered with silvery scales.
  • Scalp psoriasis - Appears on the scalp as red, itchy areas with silvery-white scales.
  • Nail psoriasis - Causes pitting, abnormal nail growth, and discoloration.

Psoriasis can be persistent and there is no cure at this time. But treatment options can bring relief of symptoms.

What Are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of psoriasis vary from person to person. Any of the following may be present:

  • Small scaling spots
  • Dry, cracked skin (may bleed)
  • Itching, burning, or soreness
  • Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints
  • Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales

If you do have psoriasis you are at greater risk to develop additional diseases. It can also affect your quality of life by causing low self-esteem, depression, or social isolation. You should seek medical advice if your signs and symptoms worsen to the degree where it causes you pain and discomfort or develops additional symptoms.  

What Treatments Are Available?

Psoriasis cannot be cured but there are treatments available which can stop the skin cells from growing at such a rapid pace. Other options can reduce inflammation and plaque formation which cause most of the discomfort associated with the disease. Some topical treatments can remove the scales on the skin leaving it feeling smoother. Speaking with your doctor is the best way to find out whether you have psoriasis and, if you do, what treatment options are available for you.

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