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Psoriasis is a chronic lifelong condition that affects approximately 7.5 million Americans. Psoriasis can appear as a recurrent minor skin irritation or can evolve into large, painful and itchy lesions on the skin. Psoriasis most commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso but it can develop anywhere including nails, palms, soles, genitals and face. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate which causes the buildup of psoriasis lesions. There are 5 major types of Psoriasis – Plaque, Guttate, Pustular, Intertriginous, and Erythrodermic. We don’t know what exactly causes psoriasis but we do know that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development.

Here at Dermatology Associates of Seattle we are well known for our Psoriasis patient care. After a consultation we will offer you several treatment options. Depending on the type of psoriasis and its severity we may prescribe medication or suggest phototherapy at our psoriasis treatment facility. We also are currently enrolling patients in psoriasis clinical trials.  Book an appointment with one our providers and together we will find a way to make living with Psoriasis more manageable.

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  • Treatments

    Our staff is dedicated to the latest practices in treatment and research. Unfortunately there are no special blood tests or tools to diagnose psoriasis. Our providers will examine the affected skin to determine if it is psoriasis and which type it might be. We might take a biopsy and examine it under the microscope. Studies have shown that patients with psoriasis are at an elevated risk for developing other chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, certain types of cancer, obesity, depression, and other immune-related conditions. Because of this increased risk it is important that our patients visit their primary care provider on a regular basis in addition to seeing their dermatologist. Psoriasis is not contagious and lesions are not infectious.

    Our Psoriasis treatment facility might also be an option for your psoriasis treatment. We offer narrow band UVB, PUVA, hand and foot units and a Pharos (excimer) Laser.

    Our physicians actively participate in clinical research for psoriasis. Please visit our Clinical Research section of the website to enroll.

    To learn more about psoriasis click here 
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  • Psoriatic Arthritis

    Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis. Like psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis symptoms flare and subside, vary from person to person, and even change locations in the same person over time. Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint in the body, and it may affect just one joint, several joints or multiple joints. For example, it may affect one or both knees. Affected fingers and toes can resemble swollen sausages, a condition often referred to as dactylitis. Finger and toe nails also may be affected. Psoriatic arthritis can also cause tender spots where tendons and ligaments join onto bones. Recent research suggests that persistent inflammation from psoriatic arthritis causes joint damage later, so early accurate diagnosis is essential.

    Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment:  Treating psoriatic arthritis varies depending on the level of pain. Those with very mild arthritis may require treatment only when their joints are painful and may stop therapy when they feel better. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) are used as initial treatment. If the arthritis does not respond, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or biologics may be prescribed. For swollen joints, corticosteroid injections can be useful. Surgery can be helpful as a last resort to repair or replace badly damaged joints.
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  • Clinical Research

    Dermatology Associates has a research team devoted to advancing medicine and helping patients that struggle with psoriasis. Our practice has made a huge impact in the psoriasis community in Seattle and throughout the nation. Dr. Jenkin's research experience is primarily in dermatologic conditions and serves as our Principal Investigator in all of our clinical trials. To learn more please call our research department at 206-315-0371 or look to see if there is a clinical trial you would like to enroll in.
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