Psoriasis Specialist

General and Cosmetic Dermatology located in Crossville and Cookeville, TN

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If you regularly experience red, itchy, or scaly skin, it may be due to psoriasis. There’s no cure for psoriasis, but treatment can reduce uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life. At Cumberland Dermatology, the team of skin care specialists diagnoses and treats psoriasis in people aged 12 and older. To make an appointment for yourself or your child in Crossville or Cookeville, Tennessee, call the nearest office or book online today.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an incurable skin disorder characterized by inflamed skin, scaling, and itching. Most people develop psoriasis as teenagers or young adults, but it can occur later in life.

Psoriasis affects everyone differently. Sometimes, flare-ups are mild and resolve on their own; other times, they last for days or even weeks, interfering with your ability to work or perform other tasks.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Itchiness
  • Cracked, dry skin
  • Scaly scalp
  • Skin pain
  • Cracked or crumbling nails

Over time, you might also experience joint pain.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that triggers inflammation. That inflammation causes your body to produce skin cells quicker than normal, resulting in scaly red patches of skin. Researchers think that psoriasis may also have a genetic component because it tends to run in families.  

Are psoriasis and eczema the same thing?

Psoriasis and eczema present similar symptoms, but they’re two different conditions. That said, someone can experience both conditions. If you regularly have red or itchy skin and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatments, like over-the-counter ointments or lotions, make an appointment with the team at Cumberland Dermatology.

How is psoriasis diagnosed?

To diagnose psoriasis, your Cumberland Dermatology provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, where they occur, and if they’re worse at certain times, like when you’re stressed out or when it’s cold outside.

Next, your provider examines your skin. They might also collect a skin sample and view it under a microscope to confirm you have psoriasis.

How is psoriasis treated?

Treatment for psoriasis depends on several factors, including the severity of the rash, where it occurs on your body, and your general health. The team at Cumberland Dermatology might recommend:

  • Prescription steroid creams
  • Moisturizers for dry skin
  • Medication to slow skin cell production
  • Medicated lotions, bath soaps, or shampoos
  • Vitamin D3 ointment
  • SkinCeuticals® products
  • EltaMD® products

Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to prevent flare-ups, reduce uncomfortable symptoms, and improve your quality of life.

To explore the various treatment options for psoriasis, make an appointment at Cumberland Dermatology by calling the nearest office or booking online today.