Psoriasis Specialist

Lumos Dermatology®

Dermatology & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Flatiron, Gramercy, Murray Hill, New York, NY

More than 8 million people in the United States suffer from psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that can interfere with your daily life. Advances in medical research have led to new treatments that may be able to help. The board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology® can talk to you about all your treatment options and help develop an effective treatment plan to improve your psoriasis and quality of life. To schedule a consultation, call the office in New York City’s Flatiron District in Manhattan or use the online booking tool today.

Psoriasis Q & A

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What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the skin that increases the life cycle of your skin cells, leading to an overproduction of cells. While signs and symptoms differ for each person, your psoriasis may cause:

  • Patchy areas of red skin covered in silver scales
  • Dry, cracked skin prone to bleeding
  • Itching, burning, or pain
  • Nail problems

The chronic skin condition can also affect your joints, a condition referred to as psoriatic arthritis, causing your joints to be red, swollen, and painful. 

There is no cure for psoriasis. However, with help from the board-certified dermatologists at Lumos Dermatology®, you can gain control over your chronic skin condition. 

What causes psoriasis?

Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of psoriasis, but theorize that it’s an immune-related condition in which your T cells attack the cells in your skin, triggering a wound-healing reaction that causes an overproduction of skin cells. 

Your genetics, along with environmental triggers, may play a role in the development of psoriasis. Potential triggers include:

  • Infection
  • Injury 
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Vitamin D deficiency 
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Use of certain medications

If you have concerns about psoriasis, the team at Lumos Dermatology® can evaluate your skin and work with you to develop an effective, evidence-based treatment plan. 

What are psoriasis treatments?

The aim of your psoriasis treatment is to minimize flare-ups in the skin condition and improve your quality of life. The team at Lumos Dermatology® may use a combination of treatments to help keep your skin clear, including:

Topical treatments

For mild to moderate psoriasis, the team may be able to control flare-ups with topical treatments, such as corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, or retinoids.  


Phototherapy, also referred to as light therapy, involves exposing your skin to natural or artificial light to help slow the turnover of your skin cells. This treatment may worsen your psoriasis and should only be conducted under the direction of the board-certified dermatology team at Lumos Dermatology®. 

Systemic treatment

If your psoriasis is severe, the team may recommend prescription medication, such as retinoids, methotrexate, or biologics. These systemic treatments may help by reducing the production of skin cells or suppressing your immune system. These medications are taken orally or as an injection.

The team can also talk to you about new advances in psoriasis treatment. 

To schedule a consultation to get help with your psoriasis, contact Lumos Dermatology® by phone or online today. 

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