There are many types of psoriasis; plaque psoriasis is by far the most common form (about 80% of patients). Psoriasis takes the form of red, raised patches covered by an accumulation of dead skin. These patches can cause itching and discomfort. The condition is a hereditary chronic autoimmune disorder and is not contagious. Psoriasis can manifest at any age, from early childhood through late adulthood.
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Psoriasis is one of the more common skin conditions, but that doesn’t make it any more tolerable. Varying in severity, psoriasis and its symptoms can cause mental stress, self-consciousness, and even pain. Our dermatologists understand the frustration and health concerns psoriasis can cause. Offering a variety of treatment techniques, Dundee Dermatology is a leader in the Northwest suburban region for psoriasis treatments and clinical research.
Psoriasis Treatments in Elgin at Dundee Dermatology
Before beginning any treatment, we always start with a consultation to assess the severity of psoriasis and provide the best treatment recommendations. Your dermatologist will assess the extent of psoriasis involvement and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Custom Treatment Plan
We offer several psoriasis treatment options at our psoriasis treatment center. We’ll walk you through your individualized treatment plan, including number of treatment sessions, how the treatment works, treatment timeline, and expectations for results.
Always at the forefront, Paul Getz, MD leads our clinical research contributions to the medical dermatology community.
Dundee Dermatology regularly participates in leading-edge clinical research on medications, medical devices, and other innovations.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We evaluate severity by the body surface area with psoriasis and/or the impact of this condition on your wellbeing. The best way to determine your candidacy for psoriasis treatments is through an in-person consultation one of our dermatologists. We’ll discuss how psoriasis affects your lifestyle, create a custom treatment plan, and establish realistic expectations for treatment outcomes.
If your symptoms are mild to moderate, we may prescribe topical or oral medications or recommend a laser treatment to slow down the growth of skin cells and lessen symptoms. For more severe psoriasis, there are many options, including light therapy/phototherapy or prescription medication called “biologics.”
Before any psoriasis treatment, we’ll begin with an initial consultation to determine your candidacy and the severity of your psoriasis. Based on this evaluation, we’ll recommend a specific treatment or combination of treatments tailored to you. Your treatment plan may include one of a combination of medications, topical treatments, light therapy, or laser therapy.
Our dermatologists can treat psoriasis anywhere on your body. One of the factors that determines the severity of your psoriasis and treatment recommendations is the body surface area (BSA) of the condition. The most common areas people experience psoriasis are:
- Lower back
Psoriasis is very responsive to light therapy. The exact wavelength of light responds to best is 311-nm; medical-grade lights deliver this wavelength, known as Narrow-Band UVB. This light technology is only available through a physician and is considered one of the safest, most effective psoriasis treatments. Dundee Dermatology provides a full spectrum of UVB light treatments for full body, hands and feet only, or targeted therapy.
As one of our techniques for treating moderate to severe psoriasis, this laser treatment is FDA-approved to treat chronic, localized psoriasis plaques. This laser emits ultraviolet light (UVB) at a specific wavelength to target and treat affected skin cells. We typically recommend 4 to 10 treatments for optimal results.
Care that’s more than skin-deep.
Dundee Dermatology serves the Chicago Northwest suburb region with decades of experience in medical dermatology. We understand the impact of healthy skin on your well-being. Our doctors and staff all focus on a singular goal: results that deliver.