Psoriasis Treatment in Santa Barbara, CA
If you have areas of scaly, red skin, you may have psoriasis, a chronic, recurrent rash that can be treated by a dermatologist. Dr. Keith Llewellyn offers psoriasis treatment for residents of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Solvang, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, and the surrounding areas of California.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent, autoimmune inflammatory condition of the skin that is caused by an over active immune system that sends out signals (cytokines) that drive an inflammatory process and cause hyperproliferation of the skin. Psoriasis can have many different clinical appearances, but classically it looks like red scaling patches and elevated red scaling plaques on the skin. Psoriasis can affect any part of the body and may also involve the nails and cause arthritis in some individuals. Psoriasis is found in one to two percent of the US population. The age of onset of psoriasis is often in the 20s, but may also first appear in babies to folks in their 70s.
Signs of psoriasis include:
- Thick, scales overlying red patches and raised plaques on the skin
- Nails with pitting, thickening, yellow discoloration, separation of the nail from the nail bed
- Joint disorders, such as stiffness and edema
- Itching and burning of the skin in the affected areas
How Much Does Psoriasis Treatment Cost?
Once Dr. Llewellyn understands the type of psoriasis that you have and how it affects your life, he will develop a treatment plan with you. Our pricing is based on individualized plans, so we can discuss these details after the appointment. Our payment options are cash and major credit cards, and you can learn more on our financing page.
What Are the Benefits of Psoriasis Treatment?
Psoriasis cannot be cured but it may often be controlled. The goal of treatment is to alleviate your symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of your psoriasis flares.
Am I a Candidate for Psoriasis Treatment?
If you have signs of psoriasis or are experiencing any other problems with your skin, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Llewellyn. As an experienced dermatologist, he can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
What Should I Expect from Psoriasis Treatment?
Dr. Llewellyn will first confirm that you have psoriasis as there are many types of rashes that can cause red scaling patches. Psoriasis treatments will vary greatly depending on the cause, severity and extent of your psoriasis. If appropriate, initial treatments usually involve the application of topical prescription creams. For more extensive disease, he may recommend phototherapy or systemic therapies such as biologic drug therapies to treat your disease. If you are having joint symptoms with your psoriasis, Dr Llewellyn will refer you to a rheumatologist for the evaluation and, if diagnosed, treatment of your psoriatic arthritis.
While psoriasis is not curable at this time, a dermatologist can help you find treatments to control your psoriasis and alleviate your symptoms. Aloe Dermatology offers psoriasis treatment for men and women in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Solvang, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, and the surrounding areas of California. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.