Stress, medicines, and certain infections are the most common triggers that flare psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a “clinical diagnosis” – meaning generally no lab tests or biopsies are needed. A trained eye of a board-certified dermatologist is sufficient to diagnose psoriasis. Dr. Haseltine and Dr. Holcomb are both board certified in dermatology and have extensive experience diagnosing and treating psoriasis.
This is a newer class of medicines that work by targeting and lowering the overactive parts of the immune system to decrease inflammation. Although we call these “newer” medications – some biologics have been FDA approved for over 20 years! Biologics are generally given as infrequent shots, which can be done at home or at your doctor’s office. Talk to your doctor about which biologic medication may be right for you. Dr. Haseltine has extensive training and experience with using biologic therapy for psoriasis. Pure Dermatology is part of a nation wide psoriasis registry for all biologic therapy, which studies effectiveness, and safety of biologic therapies.