Skilled dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson of Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL assists patients with the treatment and ongoing maintenance of psoriasis. This is a recurring skin condition that occurs when skin cells grow too rapidly. Psoriasis causes flaky, red, silvery patches of skin that can become inflamed, itchy, scaly, and can crust. Normal skin cells turn over and slough off about once a month or every four weeks. Individuals with psoriasis have skin cells that build up quickly and form plaques. They can range in size and location on the body, forming on the elbows, hands, knees, scalp, and lower back.
There are many different forms of psoriasis. One kind called plaque psoriasis is the most commonly experienced. Though most cases of psoriasis are believed to be mild, a few are difficult to deal with and can require many treatments throughout a patient's life. It is also important to note that psoriasis isn't contagious and can't be spread from person to person. Once it is diagnosed, it is a matter of managing the symptoms so that flare-ups can be minimized.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"Jackie and Dr. Wilkerson are the absolute BEST!!! They are incredibly hospitable, compassionate, thorough and fun. They are timely and the office is spectacular and clean. Do not go anywhere else!!"- K.L. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"Dr. Wilkerson and his nurse, Jackie, are fantastic. Two of the nicest people I’ve met in my time here in South Florida. Went in to get a couple pilar cysts removed from the top of my head, and it could not have gone any better than it did. The waiting area, and the patient rooms are in immaculate condition. When you get there, there’s no waiting around for Dr. Wilkerson to come in and greet you. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’ll be the focus of their attention. It is well worth the drive if you don’t live in Ft. Lauderdale. I drove from Boca, and would do it again because they are the best."- J.H. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"Dr Wilkerson is an excellent dermatologist. Not only is he very knowledgeable and experienced, he is professional with great bedside manner. I’m a primary care physician and choose to refer my patients to him for this reason. Also Jackie at reception made me feel at home right away with her welcoming smile and assistance. Thanks for the great care!"- D.N. / Google / Oct 05, 2020
The primary cause of psoriasis hasn't been found by doctors. The general idea is the immune system overreacts, which causes inflammation, as well as flaking of the skin. In addition, it is believed that psoriasis can be inherited. Approximately 1/3 of people who have psoriasis have one or more family members with the condition. Scientists think that certain genes interact with each other, which leads to psoriasis. However, you must inherit the perfect mixture of genes and then get exposed to a trigger. Symptoms can appear after triggers, such as a stressful event, taking certain medicines, dry weather, or a bad sunburn.
Prevalent symptoms associated with psoriasis include raised, bright, red patches of skin that are covered with loose and silvery scales. Plaques can also pop up in exactly the same location on each side of your body, such as on both knees and/or both elbows. Your scalp can experience anything from mild scaling to areas of thick, crusted plaques. Itching is common before flare-ups, especially when psoriatic patches show up in body folds under the buttocks or breasts. Tiny areas of skin bleeding can occur when scales are picked or scraped off. This is known as Auspitz's sign.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are a variety of treatments available to treat the condition, depending on the severity and type of psoriasis that you have. Mild cases can be treated with prescription ointments, creams, and lotions. When your scalp is affected, shampoos, sprays, and oils can be used. Systemic medications are prescription drugs that are taken orally or by injection and work throughout the body. They are typically used on those with moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In addition, advancements in laser therapy have provided huge improvements for many psoriasis cases. Utilizing phototherapy to expose a patient's skin to a special ultraviolet light helps reduce symptoms.
Improve your psoriasis
Psoriasis can be painful and embarrassing, making it difficult for you to carry out simple tasks in your everyday life. If this is the case in your situation, we encourage you to call Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL at your earliest convenience. During a consultation with experienced dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson, your condition can be assessed and a treatment plan customized to make your symptoms tolerable and your quality of life better.