Psoriasis Treatment | Skin Inflammation - Mt. Lebanon, PA

Psoriasis affects 2-4% of people, regardless of gender. Although outbreaks most commonly occur between ages 15-25 and ages 50-60, psoriasis can appear any time between childhood and old age.

The team at Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates has a wealth of experience treating a variety of psoriasis cases, giving us the expertise to treat you no matter what. Our dermatology specialists will help design a personal treatment plan that revolves around what’s right for you.

If you’re ready to begin treating your condition, request an appointment with us today!

Treating Psoriasis For Long-Lasting Relief - Pittsburgh, PA

It can be tricky for patients to tell the difference between eczema and psoriasis, but our experienced dermatologists know the difference between these conditions. At Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates, our board-certified doctors treat every psoriasis case with a compassionate, patient-first approach. To help determine your environmental triggers and find the appropriate medication for your psoriasis, contact us today.

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FAQs on Psoriasis: 

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by red, thickened patches of skin that can appear and feel scaly. This is a chronic condition and can be broken down into several subtypes, but most display these common features and result in varying degrees of itch, skin peeling, leathery skin or painful fissures.

What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

While eczema and psoriasis may look very similar to the naked eye, your dermatologist is well-equipped to tell the difference. These conditions show different patterns: they appear in different places on the body, and where eczema causes severe itching, most itch from psoriasis is quite mild. 

What is the main cause of psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease (IMID), meaning it is triggered by an irregular response from the immune system. Genetics are a major factor in developing psoriasis, but the condition can be aggravated by other elements of your environment or lifestyle. These elements include:

  • Streptococcal tonsillitis (strep throat)
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol use
  • Skin injuries and sunburn
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Other medications including lithium and beta-blockers 

How is psoriasis treated?

We always advise our patients to reduce triggers in their environment to help them find short-term relief, including the aggravators listed above. Symptoms of psoriasis can be relieved using topical creams, which our team is happy to recommend. We treat every case individually, and with our patient-first approach, the team at Mt. Lebanon Dermatology Associates can help develop a treatment plan that accounts for your needs.