The itch of psoriasis is a common ailment for roughly 8 million Americans. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help reduce irritation. Get started with an online medical consultation.*Prescription treatment requires a virtual medical consultation with a medical provider to determine if a prescription is appropriate.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that typically causes itchy or sore patches of red, scaly skin on the elbows, scalp, knees or back—though it can affect other areas. Additional symptoms can include dry or cracked skin, joint pain or cracked, pitted nails. Psoriasis is a chronic issue that often appears in cycles, worsening for a few weeks or months before subsiding. There’s no cure, but the right treatment can help improve symptoms even in severe cases.
The exact cause of psoriasis—an autoimmune condition—remains largely unknown. An issue with the body’s immune response is thought to lead to inflammation, which causes new skin cells to replicate too quickly—roughly every 3-4 days, instead of 10-30. Psoriasis often runs in families, so there may be a genetic component.
Psoriasis outbreaks can occur for any reason, but some common triggers include:
Types of psoriasis include:
Psoriasis isn’t contagious.You can’t contract it by touching or coming into contact with another person’s skin rashes.
In addition to the right prescription treatment, you may improve your symptoms by:
There are a range of topical psoriasis medications available as creams, lotions and ointments. There are also prescription shampoos to treat psoriasis on the scalp. While the treatments belong to different medication classes—corticosteroids, aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonists, phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitors and vitamin D analogs—all help to restrict the growth of excess skin cells, reduce inflammation and improve symptoms. Dr. B offers the medications Triderm (Triamcinolone), Vtama (Ttapinarof), Zoryve (Roflumilast) and Dovonex (Calcipotriene).
Psoriasis treatments are applied topically— as a lotion, cream, ointment or scalp solution. Be sure to follow your medical provider’s instructions carefully.
Side effects vary by treatment, but some common ones include:
These symptoms are typically mild and diminish over time. Talk to your medical provider if symptoms don’t improve or get worse.
Consultation: A virtual medical consultation for psoriasis costs $15.00, which is lower than most doctor co-pays. Currently we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies, but you can use insurance for any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.
Medication: Dr. B only charges for the medical consultation. When medications are prescribed, we enable you to choose the most affordable or convenient pharmacy to get the prescription filled. Prices for your medication will vary depending on your insurance coverage and whether the drug is a brand or generic.
At this time we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies, but you can use insurance for any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.
We’ll send you a reminder for an online assessment when it’s time for your next refill.
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