Psoriasis Specialist

SunWise Family Dermatology & Surgery -  - Dermatology Practice

SunWise Family Dermatology & Surgery

Dermatology Practice & Surgeons located in Middletown, DE & Dover, DE

If the red, scaly rash of psoriasis keeps you in long sleeves and pants regardless of the weather, it’s time to find a solution. At SunWise Family Dermatology & Surgery, Jennifer LaRusso, DO, and Gerard W. Stroup, PA-C offer a variety of treatments to heal your skin and reduce your psoriasis flare-ups. Located in Middletown, Delaware, the office is a proud member of the National Psoriasis Foundation and remains up-to-date on the newest, most innovative treatments available. To see what they can do for you, call the office to schedule your initial consultation or book online today.


What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes a red, scaly rash that’s often painful and inflamed. It may feel hot, swollen, or itchy. Psoriasis typically results in dry skin that may crack and bleed.

The rash can cover large areas of skin, or it may appear in small spots, which is most common in children. The scales often appear silver or dandruff-like.

Although psoriasis can develop anywhere on the body, it’s most common on your:

  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Scalp
  • Back
  • Face
  • Palms
  • Feet

Beyond the rash it’s known for, there are other signs of psoriasis. People may experience thick, pitted, or ridged nails or have swollen stiff joints.

What causes psoriasis?

While the cause of psoriasis is unknown, the rash occurs when your immune system overreacts, leading to an accelerated growth of skin cells.

These cells collect and accumulate on the surface of your skin, making the rash appear. This immune response also causes inflammation and swelling.

Other conditions often coincide with psoriasis. Some of the most common include:

  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Certain things can trigger psoriasis flare-ups. When your body’s under stress, either mental or physical, the rash is more likely to develop. Certain medications and changes in the weather also increase your risk.

Can you treat psoriasis?

An autoimmune disorder, psoriasis is a chronic condition. It's incurable, but Dr. LaRusso and Gerry can treat the condition’s symptoms.

If your symptoms are minor, they may recommend a topical medication to address the scaly rash. In more severe cases, your dermatologist may offer oral medications to reduce psoriasis symptoms or combine treatments to bring you the best results.

If your body’s not responding to these treatments, they may suggest immunomodulatory therapies, also called biologic medications. Unlike most pharmaceuticals, which are synthetic, biologics are derived from natural substances and help reduce your symptoms and protect your joints from further damage. Examples include:

  • HumiraⓇ
  • SILIQ™
  • RemicadeⓇ

Ultraviolet (UV) light therapy can also reduce the signs of psoriasis. Dr. LaRusso may use a UV light in the office or ask that you increase your exposure to sunlight.

At SunWise Family Dermatology & Surgery, you can finally gain control of your psoriasis. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or book it online.