Psoriasis Specialist

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Skin Cancer Specialists

Dermatologists & Skin Cancer Surgery located in Sugar Land, TX

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Psoriasis is an irritating, and sometimes painful, skin condition, but dermatologist Tarek M. Fakhouri, MD, can help you manage the symptoms. Dr. Fakhouri diagnoses and treats psoriasis in patients of all ages at Skin Cancer Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas. If you suffer from psoriasis, call or book an appointment online today.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes your body to make new skin cells much faster than it normally would. This leads to a buildup of skin cells that create thick, scaly patches on the surface of your skin. There are several types of psoriasis, but plaque psoriasis is the most common. Plaques are raised patches on the skin that can become extremely itchy. Without treatment, plaques can begin to burn and sting. About 80-90% of people suffering from psoriasis get plaques. Other forms of psoriasis include:
  • Nail psoriasis
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
Psoriasis is usually a lifelong disease that flares up periodically. Even though there’s no cure for psoriasis, Dr. Fakhouri creates a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms.

What are the signs and symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis signs and symptoms vary from person-to-person. Depending on the type and severity of your psoriasis, you may experience the following symptoms:
  • Red patches of thickened skin covered in silvery patches
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Itchy, burning, or painful skin
  • Thickened or ridged nails
  • Swollen or stiff joints
Psoriasis plaques can develop anywhere, but this condition most often affects the skin on your knees, elbows, scalp, and lower back.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis isn’t contagious. Though scientists are still working on discovering exactly what causes psoriasis, they know it’s related to your immune system. Certain factors can trigger psoriasis to appear for the first time or flare-up in someone who already has it. Common psoriasis triggers include:
  • Stress
  • Infections such as strep throat
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Cold, dry weather
Psoriasis triggers vary from person-to-person. Dr. Fakhouri works with you to discover your particular triggers because avoiding these triggers can prevent future flare-ups.

How do you diagnose and treat psoriasis?

As a highly trained dermatologist, Dr. Fakhouri can diagnose psoriasis by performing a physical exam and review of your medical history. Then, he develops a treatment plan to help you manage your particular condition. Psoriasis treatment may include:
  • Topical medicines to apply to your skin
  • Lifestyle changes to prevent flare-ups
  • Light therapy
  • Oral medications
Since psoriasis is an ongoing skin problem, Dr. Fakhouri continues to monitor your health with follow-up appointments. This helps him modify your treatment to create optimal results. If you think you have psoriasis, call or book an appointment online today.