The Psoriasis Center at Rustad Dermatology
Psoriasis is a chronic but very manageable skin condition, with proper treatment. However, many patients have given up and learned to live with their psoriasis, because their treatment options have been limited to topical steroids, which may have stopped working. Other “psoriasis” patients actually have potentially curable skin conditions. We have designated a part of our practice exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis. The Psoriasis Center is unique in Nebraska, Here, we provide the most accurate type of diagnosis and offer all modern psoriasis treatment options, including customized compounds, light treatments and modern biologic therapy.
Traditional Steroid Treatment
Traditional steroid treatment of psoriasis can be time consuming, expensive, frustrating, have side effects, and may stop working.
Traditional psoriasis treatment often consists of topical steroids or cortisone creams alone. For some patients with mild psoriasis, these may be perfectly appropriate. However, there are significant limitations to using topical steroids alone – called “monotherapy”. First, it can be time-consuming, particularly if you have large areas to treat. Second, it can be expensive, as many of the stronger topical steroids have increased drastically in price over recent years, and frustrating to get them as insurance companies refuse to cover some steroids without additional documentation from the doctor. Third, is may stop working as well as it once did, as your skin becomes “used to” a given strength of steroids – a phenomenon called “tachyphylaxis” – requiring increasingly strong and expensive classes of steroids. Finally, topical steroids, like all medications, have potential side effects, particularly if over-used, such as red, shiny, thin skin (steroid atrophy), stretch marks (striae), and allergy to the steroid itself causing the rash to get worse (contact dermatitis), which can be very difficult for a non-dermatologist to diagnose.
Start With an Accurate Diagnosis
As with all skin conditions, effective treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. Several questions need to be accurately answered:
- Do you actually have psoriasis, or do you have another curable skin condition, like allergic contact dermatitis?
- What type of psoriasis do you have? Plaque psoriasis? Guttate psoriasis? Inverse psoriasis? Palmoplantar psoriasis? Sebopsoriasis? Erythrodermic psoriasis?
- What lifestyle issues may be contributing to your psoriasis or impact your treatment options, such as friction, alcohol, and tobacco?
- What skin care issues may be contributing to your psoriasis, such as soaps, shampoos, lotions, and moisturizers?
At the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Rustad Dermatology in Lincoln, we have the training and experience to make these critically important distinctions. Effective psoriasis treatment for each patient begins with an accurate diagnosis.
A Full Range of Psoriasis Treatment Options
Which psoriasis treatment option is right for you? The latest research has yielded many new treatments for psoriasis, all of which are available at The Psoriasis Center. Psoriasis treatment options are like rungs on a ladder, and the ideal type of treatment varies with each patient. We offer the full range of options, from time-tested to state-of-the-art, including:
- Laser Treatment
- Phototherapy Treatment
- Phototherapy (Ultraviolet light – UVA and UVB)
- Photochemotherapy (Psoralens + Ultraviolet light – PUVA)
- Hand/Foot Light Treatments (Bath PUVA)
- Modern Scientific Treatments
- Time-Tested Treatments
- Preventive education
- Customized pharmaceutical compounds
Trust Your Skin to the Specialists
At Rustad Dermatology, your psoriasis will always be evaluated and managed by a board-certified dermatologist. We have advanced training and decades of experience with thousands of psoriasis patients. We maintain our knowledge of state-of-the-art research in psoriasis through regular attendance at events sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. We also provide patient education and support through our long-standing affiliation with the National Psoriasis Foundation. And we work together with select local pharmacies experienced in compounding and advanced biologic therapies to get you the treatment you need.
The Psoriasis Center at Rustad Dermatology offers specific diagnosis and a full range of psoriasis treatments, from time-tested to state-of-the-art therapy. To schedule a consultation with our board-certified dermatologist, call us at 402.484.6222.