Psoriasis treatment in Colorado Springs
Clear, healthy skin may appear elusive for patients suffering from psoriasis. With unpredictable breakouts and persistent symptoms, this chronic skin condition might feel unmanageable. In reality, it can be controlled with the right medication/treatments. Dr. Susan Schroeder has extensive experience diagnosing and treating psoriasis in all age groups. She works with each patient to customize and refine an effective plan to bring psoriasis relief.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory, genetic disease. It can develop anywhere on the body, but psoriasis on the legs, scalp, knees, elbows, hands, and feet is most common. Additionally, psoriasis is more than a skin condition, as it can be accompanied by systemic involvement. Patients may suffer from joint inflammation, known as psoriatic arthritis, in addition to skin symptoms. With the advent of a new class of systemic treatments (biologics), patients now have more treatment options than ever before.
Types of psoriasis
There are several types of psoriasis, including:
- Plaque – The most common, characterized by scaly, silvery patches of skin.
- Guttate– Drop-shaped, red spots on skin, usually triggered by an infection or medical condition.
- Inverse – Also called flexural and appears as flat, shiny, red areas in natural skin folds.
- Pustular – Red areas with white pus-filled bumps, sometimes accompanied by chills or fever.
- Erythrodermic – A rare form that resembles burns and may require urgent medical care.
Dr. Schroeder is the most knowledgeable dermatologist I’ve found in Colorado Springs. She’s on the cutting edge of skin research & is very easy & interesting 2 talk 2. Cheryl, office mgr, is also a pleasure 2 deal with!! I am THRILLED 2 have discovered this medical practice!Barbara C.
Dr. Susan SchroederSusan Schroeder MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist with advanced, specialized, and formal fellowship training in Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology. She is one of a select few in Colorado with this advanced level of training. Throughout her career, Dr. Schroeder has had a keen interest in ageless skin and maintenance on a scientific level. Before private practice, she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus and pioneered the cosmetic dermatology and cosmeceutical division. Dr. Schroeder brings a wealth of knowledge to Colorado Springs from her years of expertise. She addresses all aspects of Dermatology, from skin cancers and acne to injectables, laser skin resurfacing and tumescent liposuction. Her skills are as good-as-it-gets. Dr. Schroeder evaluates the nuances and advancements that drive this market herself, and she never waivers from cutting-edge.
The goal of psoriasis treatment is to reduce inflammation and normalize the accelerated cell production that causes psoriatic plaques. Options include:
- Topicals – There are a wide variety of formulas that can be applied to the skin, including synthetic vitamin D, corticosteroids, retinoids, calcineurin inhibitors, and salicylic acid.
- Light therapy – Targeted UVA or UVB treatment can improve psoriasis symptoms with minimal risk. Light treatments are both safer and more effective than natural sunlight.
- Injectables and oral medications – Retinoids, biologics, or immunosuppressants may work for patients who do not respond to other treatments. Some examples of these systemic psoriasis treatments include: Humira, Stelara, Enbrel, Otezla, Methotrexate, and Soriatane.
Clear, healthy skin can be a reality with help from your board-certified dermatologist. Call Perfect Skin at (719) 421-7132.