Psoriasis Specialist

Valerius Medical Group & Research Center

Rheumatologists located in Los Alamitos, CA

Whether you’re seeking relief from the itch and pain, or you simply want to wear a short-sleeved shirt without embarrassment, you need a rheumatologist who has experience treating psoriasis. Dr. Nathaniel Neal and Dr. Rebekah Neal at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center, know how to treat the symptoms of psoriasis and can help your body heal. Located in Los Alamitos Long Beach, CA, they offer a range of services, from light therapy to IV infusion therapy. Contact the office today to learn how they can help with your psoriasis.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes your skin to form scaly red patches. When you have psoriasis, it accelerates the lifecycle of your skin, and its cells build up on the surface.

Beyond the red, scaly skin, psoriasis can also cause dry skin that may crack and bleed. It can be itchy, sore, burning, or painful. It can also impact your nails, create ridges or pits, and make the nails thicken.

In some cases, psoriasis also affects your joints, causing them to stiffen and swell.

There are many types of psoriasis, including:

  • Plaque psoriasis
  • Nail psoriasis
  • Guttate psoriasis
  • Inverse psoriasis
  • Pustular psoriasis
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis

What is psoriatic arthritis?

A specific form of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, attacks your skin, nails, and joints, causing inflammation in all three. Beyond the red, scaly skin, psoriatic arthritis can also cause other symptoms, including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Fatigue
  • Foot pain

It’s also associated with arthritis symptoms, including swelling, pain, and stiffness in your joints. A systemic rheumatic disease, psoriatic arthritis is known to cause inflammation in other areas, including your:

  • Eyes
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Kidneys

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic condition, but Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah can treat its symptoms, reducing their severity and frequency. They may recommend regular exercise and medications, and suggest at-home remedies, such as ice and elevation.

What causes psoriasis?

Although the causes of psoriasis are unknown, it’s believed to be an immune system disorder. When you have an outbreak of psoriasis, your body acts as though it’s fighting an infection or virus.

The body’s T cells and white blood cells, called neutrophils, attack your healthy skin cells, causing their lifecycle to accelerate.

Psoriasis is often triggered. It can start due to a variety of things like:

  • Infection (especially strep throat)
  • Skin injuries
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Certain medications

Some people have a greater risk of developing psoriasis. Risk factors include having a family history of psoriasis, obesity, and high-stress levels.

How is psoriasis treated?

Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah treat psoriasis with a goal of reducing inflammation and preventing further outbreaks. They may recommend:

  • Topical medications
  • Light therapy
  • Systemic medications
  • Infusion, or IV, therapy

If you’re tired of hiding your skin because of psoriasis, contact the specialists at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book online today.