Psoriasis Specialist

Jeanne A. Paz, MD

Jeanne A. Paz, MD

Dermatology located in Webster, TX

Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States, and 60% of people who have it report that symptoms negatively affect their daily lives. If you suffer from psoriasis and live in Webster, Texas, or the surrounding area, Jeanne Paz, MD, of Nassau Bay Dermatology, can help. As a dermatologist with over 27 years of experience treating psoriasis and other chronic skin diseases, Dr. Paz provides effective ways to manage this disorder so you can focus on your life instead of your psoriasis. Call today to schedule a consultation or book online.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes red, scaly patches to form on the surface of your skin. If you have psoriasis, it means that the life cycle of your skin cells is faster than it should be, leading to the buildup of extra cells. These extra cells form itchy, red, or painful patches that don’t go away on their own, and unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis.

The best way to deal with psoriasis is to find an effective way to manage flare-ups so you can reduce symptoms and interruption in your daily activities. There are several different types of psoriasis, each with their own set of symptoms, and after careful examination, Dr. Jeanne Paz determines which treatments are most effective for your specific type of psoriasis.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disorder and symptoms often include:

  • Plaques (raised, red lesions) on your skin that are covered in silvery scales
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Itchy or burning feeling around the plaques
  • Swollen or stiff joints
  • Thick fingernails
  • Small, scaly spots (often on children)

Other types of psoriasis include guttate, nail, inverse, and psoriatic arthritis. Guttate psoriasis is most common among children, and psoriatic arthritis causes inflamed skin and swollen, painful joints.

What triggers psoriasis flare-ups?

Triggers are different for each person, but common factors that may worsen your symptoms or lead to a flare-up, include:

  • Strep throat or another infection
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Skin injuries or cuts
  • Sunburn
  • Insect bites

Identifying your own triggers can help you manage your condition and keep it under control.

How do you manage psoriasis flare-ups?

Depending on the type of psoriasis you have, Dr. Paz creates a customized treatment plan to relieve pain and itching and reduce flare-ups. She takes several factors into consideration, including the severity of your symptoms, the location of them, and other medical conditions you may have. Dr. Paz also considers the impact that psoriasis has on your life so she can recommend appropriate medications, topical creams, and ointments, or light therapies, such as UVB phototherapy or laser treatments.

Making changes to your lifestyle, such as taking daily baths, using moisturizer, and avoiding known triggers can also help you successfully manage chronic psoriasis.

Call the office for an appointment to learn more about treating psoriasis, or book online.