Psoriasis Care and Treatment
Why Choose Treatment for Psoriasis at University of Colorado Hospital?
The dermatologists and staff at University of Colorado Hospital are trained to diagnose and treat all skin conditions, including psoriasis.
UCH provides the highest levels of nonsurgical and surgical treatment using the latest techniques. Our nurses are certified in dermatology, oncology, surgery and wound care, helping ensure the best in patient care.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a disease that causes skin inflammation. It affects about 5.5 million people in the U.S.
The most common form is plaque psoriasis. This causes scaly, whitish material to build up.
Researchers believe psoriasis is caused by changes to the body’s auto-immune system. The autoimmune system helps to protect the body from disease, but sometimes its mechanisms mistakenly target certain of the body's own cells.
Tests & Treatments
Tests for Psoriasis
Your doctor usually diagnoses psoriasis by looking at your skin. On occasion, your doctor may perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. This requires taking a small piece of skin to examine under a microscope.
Treatments for psoriasis include:
- Over-the-counter creams, gels, ointments and lotions
- Anti-inflammatory drugs called corticosteroids, applied to the skin
- Synthetic forms of vitamin A (retinoids) taken by mouth or applied to the skin
- Synthetic forms of vitamin D (calcipotriene), applied to the skin
- Exposure to ultraviolet light (phototherapy). This helps prevent skin cells from building up. The light also decreases inflammation
University of Colorado Hospital takes a team approach to psoriasis care. Doctors and nurses work specialists to provide the most appropriate care for each patient.
Dermatologist – a doctor trained in the diagnosis and treatment of skin changes and diseases.
Internist – A doctor who treats diseases and conditions in adults.
Family medicine doctor – A doctor trained to treat your entire family.
Other Psoriasis Staff
Registered nurse – a nurse who sees clinic patients, conducts medical evaluations, takes patient histories and provides after care for patients with skin conditions.
Dietitian – a specialist in the effects of nutrition and food preparation on the body.
Living with Psoriasis
The American Academy of Dermatology says that stress can trigger psoriasis. Let your doctor know about situations that may cause stress. Communicate with friends and family about your condition. These steps help you to cope with your psoriasis.
Getting a Second Opinion about Psoriasis
The doctors and staff of the Dermatology team at University of Colorado Hospital are happy to provide second opinions for patients in the community.
Additional Psoriasis Resources
American Academy of Dermatology
National Psoriasis Foundation
Psoriasis Research Association
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Contact: Diane Bradley Mullins, Director