Dermatology located in Fairfax, VA

At Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax, the team of seasoned dermatologists understand the impact that psoriasis can have on your skin and overall well-being. With years of experience in the field, the specialists are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and effective solutions for individuals dealing with psoriasis. Explore their psoriasis services to regain confidence in your skin's health. Call the Fairfax, Virginia, office or request a consultation online.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that accelerates the life cycle of skin cells, causing a rapid buildup of cells on the skin's surface. This results in thick, red patches covered with silvery scales, often accompanied by itching and discomfort. Psoriasis can affect various parts of the body, including the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.

Recognizing psoriasis symptoms is crucial for early intervention. Common signs include red patches of skin, silvery scales, dryness, itching, and sometimes, even pain. Understanding these symptoms allows your dermatologists to tailor a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

Who is at risk of having psoriasis?

Psoriasis can affect individuals of all ages, races, and genders. While the exact cause remains unclear, certain factors increase the risk of developing psoriasis. These include a family history of the condition, stress, infections, and certain medications. 

The dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax are experienced in assessing risk factors and creating tailored treatment approaches.

Psoriasis and genetics

A family history of psoriasis can significantly elevate the risk of developing the condition. If one or both parents have psoriasis, it increases the likelihood of their children inheriting the condition. However, not everyone with a family history will develop psoriasis.

How is psoriasis treated?

Effective psoriasis management involves a personalized approach, considering the severity of symptoms and the patient's overall health. At Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax, your dermatologist employs a range of treatments, ensuring a comprehensive and individualized plan for each patient.

Topical treatments

Mild to moderate psoriasis often responds well to topical treatments, including corticosteroids, retinoids, and moisturizers. These aim to reduce inflammation, control scaling, and alleviate discomfort.


For more widespread psoriasis, phototherapy (light therapy) may be recommended. Controlled exposure to ultraviolet light slows the growth of affected skin cells, providing relief from symptoms.

Systemic medications

In severe cases, systemic medications, such as oral or injectable drugs, may be prescribed to target the underlying causes of psoriasis and suppress the immune response.

The dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax are committed to working collaboratively with each patient, ensuring a personalized and effective treatment plan. 

Contact the office today by phone or online to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards healthier, psoriasis-free skin.