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By Robert K Dyer, MD
November 07, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Psoriasis  

Psoriasis doesn’t just impact someone’s appearance but it can also affect someone’s quality of life. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that leads to itching, burning patches of skin known as plaques. These plaques can be embarrassing for the sufferer and have a serious impact on their life. If you have psoriasis that is causing you to avoid social situations or you are noticing symptoms of psoriasis it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to. A dermatologist can both diagnose and treat your skin condition.

Since symptoms of psoriasis can also resemble other skin problems it’s always a good idea to see a skin doctor to find out what’s causing your symptoms. Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Red, inflamed, and sometimes-scaly patches of skin
  • Dry skin that may crack or bleed
  • Tenderness, itching, or burning around the plaques

Plaques may be raised, dry, or contain white scaly skin. While plaques can develop anywhere on the body they are more prevalent on the knees, elbows, back, and scalp.

Certain things can trigger flare-ups including:

  • Injury to the skin
  • Infections
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Cold weather
  • Certain medications (e.g. beta-blockers; lithium)

Avoiding these triggers can be an effective way to reduce the amount of flare-ups a patient experiences.

Treating Psoriasis

Treatment for psoriasis includes a variety of home remedies, lifestyle modifications and medications. At-home care is focused on alleviating the itchy and burning associated with the formation of plaques. Mild to moderate itching may be relieved through:

  • Moisturizing the skin daily
  • Taking cold showers
  • Apply ice packs to the skin
  • Using skincare products containing lactic acid or urea, which can remove scaly skin

Finding the right medication and treatment plan takes time and having a dermatologist that you trust is crucial. Common medications and therapies for treating psoriasis include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Topical anesthetics
  • Steroids
  • Certain antidepressants
  • Phototherapy

Despite the fact that there isn’t yet a cure for psoriasis, a dermatologist can certainly provide you with the treatment plan you need to get flare-ups under control.

If you are dealing with psoriasis it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to for care, treatment and support. Together you and your dermatologist can create a treatment plan to manage symptoms and improve your quality of life.

By Robert K Dyer, MD
August 28, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Psoriasis  

Psoriasis is an immune condition that affects the skin, causing skin cells to multiple up to 10 times faster than normal. As a result, skin cells buildup, creating rough, scaly patches on the elbows, knees, scalp, and back (known as plaques). If you have psoriasis we know how important it is to have a treatment plan that can reduce plaques and prevent flare-ups. Here’s how our East Greenwich, RI, dermatologists Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione can help.

Treatment Options for Psoriasis

While there is currently no cure for psoriasis there are many treatment options available to you to help get your condition under control. Of course, finding the right treatment isn’t always easy and it will take some time to figure out what works best for you.

What works well for someone may not work well for you. Your East Greenwich, RI, skin doctor can help you create the best treatment plan to reduce and even eliminate your symptoms.

Common treatment options include:

Topical treatments: this includes steroid creams, coal-tar shampoos, prescription retinoids, and products containing salicylic acid

Phototherapy: small doses of sunlight can actually improve psoriasis lesions. Light therapies include:

  • Narrow-band UVB therapy
  • UVB light
  • PUVA (or UVA light)

Oral medications: such as retinoids and biologics may also be prescribed. Biologics are used to control your immune response and is used for treating severe, treatment-resistant arthritis, as well as psoriatic arthritis.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

If you have psoriasis the most common symptom is the development of thick, scaly patches on the skin. There may be redness, swelling or soreness around the plaques and the patches may crack or bleed. There may be some itching or burning present, as well. Depending on the type of psoriasis you have you may also experience joint swelling or pain.

Psoriasis Triggers

While the immune system is to blame for your symptoms, there are also triggers that can cause a flare-up or exacerbate symptoms. Common triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Cold weather
  • Certain infections (e.g. strep throat)
  • Certain medications (e.g. lithium; beta-blockers)
  • Skin trauma (e.g. burns; cuts)
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol

South County Dermatology provides comprehensive dermatological care to patients of all ages in Narragansett, Westerly, Barrington, and East Greenwich, RI. If you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis call our dermatology office today.

March 06, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Psoriasis  

What is Psoriasis?

Have you been experiencing bumpy, white-scale-topped patches of red skin erupting over certain parts of your body? These itchy, sometimes painful plaques could be the result of an undiagnosed case of psoriasis. Although this skin disorder does not have a cure, there are several treatment options that can lead to Psoriasis are itchy, painful plaques that appear on the skin.symptom relief. Read on to learn more about psoriasis and how your local dermatologist can help!

The Background on Psoriasis

While there is no medical consensus on what exactly causes psoriasis, experts generally point towards an abnormality in how T cells operate in a patient’s immune system. T cells are normally used by the body in order to defend against foreign threats, such as viruses or bacteria. However, for those with psoriasis, these cells become overactive and start to treat healthy skin cells as if they were harmful. In turn, this leads the body to behave as if it had a wound to heal, or an infection to fight. As a result, sporadic patches of irritated skin begin to erupt on certain parts of the body.

Both the appearance of these symptoms and the level of their severity can be triggered through a number of factors, including:

  • Skin infections
  • Skin injuries
  • Heavy stress
  • Regular tobacco use
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Use of specific medications, such as lithium, beta blockers, antimalarial drugs, and iodides

Treatment Options

Although there is no cure for the disorder, your local dermatologist has a number of treatment methods that can slow down the growth of skin cells responsible for psoriasis’ uncomfortable rashes. An appointment with your skin doctor can determine which of these options is right for you:

  • Steroid cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Coal tar (available in lotions, creams, foams, soaps, and shampoos)
  • Ultraviolet therapy
  • Retinoid (not recommended for women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant)
  • Methotrexate (only for serious cases)

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October 12, 2018
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Psoriasis   Rash   Psoriasis Treatment  

Skin issues like psoriasis can result in a frustrating and sometimes uncomfortable experience. However, with help from your doctor, you can overcome your symptoms and gain control of your psoriasis. Find out more about this skin condition and how your dermatologist canPsoriasis help you with its treatment with Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology with locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI.

What causes psoriasis? 
It is related to an issue with the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy skin cells and causing them to reproduce too rapidly. The condition causes new skin cells to reproduce and move to the surface of the skin in a matter of days, a process that normally takes several weeks. This results in a buildup of cells which cause thick, scaly patches on the skin.

Do I have psoriasis? 
There are several types of psoriasis which often present themselves in different ways or in various areas of the body. However, some common symptoms of all types of psoriasis include:

  • red patches of skin
  • silvery scale-like spots
  • itching
  • burning
  • soreness
  • swollen or stiff joints
  • thickened or pitted nails
  • dry, cracked skin
  • cracked skin which bleeds

Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body but normally crops up on the elbows or knees. The affected areas of skin may range from small scaly patches to major cases which cover large areas.

Psoriasis Treatments in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI
If you think you have psoriasis, you should see your dermatologist to confirm that you suffer from this condition. Treating psoriasis often begins with a prescription topical treatment applied to the affected areas of skin. Phototherapy which uses natural or artificial light has also proven successful in treating psoriasis. Severe cases may require oral or injected medications to control symptoms.

For more information on psoriasis, please contact Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione at South County Dermatology with locations in East Greenwich, Narragansett, Westerly, and Barrington, RI. Call (401) 471-3376 to schedule your appointment at any of the four locations today!

Woman applying lotionYour skin is your armor—it protects you against injury and infection. Typically, people tend to concentrate on caring for their face because it is what is most noticeable to others. However, it is important to care for skin below the neck as well. Proper skin care varies by body part, as some areas have thinner, more sensitive skin than others. Your dermatologist in provides you with the information you need to properly care for your skin. 

While shopping for skin care products at the pharmacy or beauty store, it may be difficult to decide what products to use on your skin. Your dermatologist offers you helpful tips in caring for the skin on each part of your body, including your:

  • Face – The best way to prevent dry skin on your face is to moisturize.
  • Lips – Since your lips retain less moisture than other parts of your body, they tend to dry out more quickly, which means it is important to maintain moisture by using balm several times a day.
  • Hands – Your hands bare the brunt of the seasons more than any other part of your body. It is important to pay attention to your hands by applying moisturizer—especially during the flu season when we tend to wash our hands more vigorously than normal.
  • Feet – Use a thick moisturizer daily on your feet to maintain moisture and keep your feet softer.
  • Scalp – In order to keep your scalp from drying, wash your hair once a day with a mild shampoo and do not use water that is too hot.
  • Body – Try washing your body with a moisturizing cleanser. If you have sensitive skin look for skin care products that cater to your individual skin needs.

Visit your dermatologist today, for more information on how to properly care for your skin year round. Whether your skin is normal, oily or sensitive, there is a skin care treatment just for you.