Psoriasis Specialist

Texas Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Katy, TX

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes discomfort and inflammation on the skin. The doctors at Texas Dermatology treat those suffering from psoriasis from the areas around Katy, Texas.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic disorder causing red, scaly patches on the skin. It usually occurs on the limbs, trunk, and scalp but can show up on other parts of the body as well. It is not contagious but it can flare up causing the symptoms to get worse. The rash associated with psoriasis goes through cycles of improvement before it gets worse. Psoriasis is usually the result of a problem with the immune system. It is most likely to occur in members of the same family. At times, psoriasis can be disfiguring, uncomfortable, and even painful.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of psoriasis appear as red, thickened areas of the skin with silvery scales. It most often appears on the scalp, elbows, knees, legs, arms, genitals, nails, palms, and lower back. The skin usually replaces itself after about a month. When psoriasis is present, the process speeds up and the skin is replaced in 3-4 days causing the skin cells to multiply quickly and accumulate on the surface in silvery scales. Psoriasis comes in many forms. Each differs in severity, duration, location, shape, and pattern of the scales. The most common form, called plaque psoriasis, begins with little red bumps. Gradually these become larger, and scales form.

What is Treatment Like?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis but there are many different psoriasis treatments available that can clear the symptoms and bring relief. Your doctor may prescribe medications applied directly to the skin. These contain cortisone compounds, synthetic vitamin D analogs, retinoids, tar, or anthralin used to ease the discomfort caused by the skin patches. Other types of treatment include coal tar, Goeckerman treatment, light therapy, ultraviolet light B (UVB), PUVA, methotrexate, cyclosporine, and biologic agents. Controlling triggers that bring on bouts of psoriasis, such as stress, and taking care of your skin will help keep symptoms in control. The goal is to reduce inflammation and to control shedding of the skin. Moisturizing creams and lotions loosen scales and help control itching.

Texas Dermatology is pleased to accept your insurance. Please remember that insurance coverage is a contract that exists between you and your insurer. Patients are responsible for copays, co-insurance, and deductibles under their specific insurance policy. It is the policy of Texas Dermatology to collect co-pays and deductible amounts at the time of service.

From the Texas Health Exchange - We accept the following:

  • BlueAdvantage HMO- (With Referral) BAV Network
  • Community Health Choice Marketplace

    Texas Dermatology is not contracted, and is therefore out of network for the following Texas exchange plans and any other exchange plan not specifically listed above:

  • AARP
    Aetna Medicare
    Assurant Health
    Beech Street
    Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Care Improvement Plus
    Cigna Connect HMO
    Coventry Health Care
    First Health
    Galaxy Health Network
    Great West Health Care