WHat is Psoriasis?
Dermatologist Dr Jay Mehta of Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ offers a wide variety of treatments for psoriasis, which is a recurring skin condition that develops when skin cells grow too rapidly, resulting in red, dry patches of skin that are often itchy and scaly. These patches of skin can range in size and often form on the elbows, knees, hands, scalp, and lower back. There are many different forms of psoriasis, but plaque psoriasis is the most common. Though many cases of psoriasis are considered mild, a few are difficult to treat and can require a number of therapies throughout a patient's lifetime. It's also important to note that psoriasis is not contagious and is often caused by an overactive immune system. When psoriasis is diagnosed, treatment is merely a matter of addressing the symptoms so as to minimize flare-ups. If you live in the Greater Phoenix area and are suffering from chronic skin issues, call our office to schedule a consultation today.
"I love this place. It is super clean and staff are very versed in all aspects of skin care. I have not been here for awhile as I usually come out to Arizpna for the winter months and have been away but am back now and will be booking appointment right away. This place is so very different than many and do not push things at you. They are 100% professional."- B. / Healthgrades / Jan 08, 2020
"Greeted by a friendly staff :) I was pleased to learn that there was nothing alarming or cancerous after a thorough body check. However, the aging process, as well as many hours in the outdoors were evident! I really appreciated the time Becky spent explaining details about my skin, healthier skincare practices, and product suggestions to improve it - sun block being #1! Dr. Mehta was very pleasant and answered my questions (and fears) about any type of face treatment procedures. I feel very confident having him work on my skin to restore some of its lost glow. I highly recommend the Arizona Skin Institute."- M.A. / Google / Jun 11, 2020
"My first visit at Arizona Skin Institute was great~!...The staff was friendly welcoming, and professional in every detail~!...Dr Mehta is a super nice man~!...He is personable, down-to-earth and easy to talk to...He has great bedside manner~!...He explained things thoroughly and I felt confident about his addressing my issues...I am have no doubt that he'll continue to make my skin health his priority~!...I didn't have any more than a 10 minute wait for my appointment...I was in & out within an hour but I didn't feel at all rushed...I would highly recommend Dr Mehta at Arizona Skin Institute...I am looking forward to any future visits.. I know that Dr Mehta will take good care of me~!...Don't hesitate to make an appointment...You won't be sorry..."- S.C. / Google / Mar 13, 2020
"I visited the Peoria location. The staff is amazing! Everyone is friendly, professional, and very personable. I was having a hard day, not to mention, struggling for some time with some skin issues, and one of my doctors really went the extra mile to cheer me on and show her beautiful loving spirit with a friendly hug and positive, motivating feedback. I was very comfortable engaging with the doctors and asking questions. Having over 10 & 15 years of experience, they were very informative and confident. I really love this place and I recommend it to anyone seeking any areas of dermatology, like skin diseases & conditions, including cosmetic treatments like Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments."- M.B. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"They were prompt, great front office and Becky Caudle, PA and the Doctor were fantastic!"- G.C. / Google / Jan 03, 2020
what Causes Psoriasis?
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it's believed to be triggered by a hyperactive immune system, strep-throat, and stress. If your body is fighting off an infection, the immune system may go into overdrive and attack healthy skin cells by mistake. Additionally, it's thought that psoriasis could be a genetic condition. Roughly 1/3 of people who have psoriasis also have a family history of the condition. Scientists believe that specific genes interacting with one another may lead to psoriasis. Symptoms can appear after triggers, like a stressful event, infection, dry weather, an injury to the skin, or certain medications.
Treatments for psoriasis
Though there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a number of treatments available to ease and control the symptoms based on the severity and type of psoriasis that you have. Mild cases may be cleared with prescription ointments, creams, and lotions. If your scalp is affected, then shampoos, sprays, and oils can be used to reduce outbreaks. Systemic medications are prescription drugs that are taken orally or injected and work throughout the entire body. They are often prescribed for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. Additionally, advancements in laser treatment have provided huge improvements for a number of psoriasis cases. Using phototherapy to expose a patient's skin to a special ultraviolet light may help to reduce symptoms.
Psoriasis may be embarrassing and uncomfortable, making it hard to complete simple activities in your daily life. If this is the case for you, we invite you to call Arizona Skin Institute to schedule a comprehensive skin exam. During your initial consultation with Dr Mehta, he'll examine your condition and create a unique treatment plan to help reduce your symptoms and boost your overall quality of life. Our office is located in Surprise, AZ, northwest of downtown Phoenix.