Dermatologists located in Bluefield, Radford and Wytheville, VA and Beckley, Princeton and Oak Hill, WV


Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disorder that affects up to 2% of the American population, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. At Derm One in Bluefield, Radford, and Wytheville, Virginia, and Beckley, Princeton, and Oak Hills, West Virginia, expert dermatologists work with you to uncover your specific symptoms, triggers, and psoriasis type to develop a personalized treatment plan addressing your needs and goals. Call your nearest location today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a long-term skin disorder that causes scaly, silvery patches of skin. It can be itchy, painful, and irritating. Some people have specific triggers that cause flare-ups, while others have more persistent forms of the condition. A proper diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your type and symptom are crucial to manage psoriasis and keep your skin healthy.

Is psoriasis the same as eczema?

No, psoriasis and eczema are distinct skin conditions, though they look similar. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that causes rapid skin cell growth, resulting in red, scaly patches. Meanwhile, eczema is chronic skin inflammation causing itching, redness, and dryness. 

Psoriasis and eczema have unique causes, triggers, and symptoms, so getting an accurate diagnosis is essential to determine the appropriate treatment.

What causes psoriasis?

An overactive immune system primarily causes psoriasis. The immune system defends the body against foreign germs and pathogens. When it dysfunctions, it can prompt the body to produce new skin cells too quickly, resulting in a buildup of skin cells on the surface. 

Dermatologists don’t understand why some people develop psoriasis while others don’t. They believe genetics play a significant role, and triggers like stress, infections, and certain medications can exacerbate the condition.

What are the most common psoriasis triggers?

Psoriasis has many triggers that can cause uncomfortable, scaly, inflamed skin, including:

  • Stress
  • Infections
  • Skin injuries
  • Certain medications
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Weather conditions
  • Hormonal changes
  • Allergies
  • Sunburn
  • Excess weight
  • Certain foods and drinks (gluten, dairy, alcohol, fried food, etc.)

Your Derm One dermatologist works with you to identify your triggers so you know what to avoid.

How do doctors diagnose psoriasis?

At Derm One, the team conducts a thorough visual exam, reviews your medical history, and asks detailed questions about your symptoms to diagnose psoriasis. The team may take a biopsy to diagnose your condition and psoriasis type accurately.

What are the most effective treatments for psoriasis?

Derm One recommends a combination of treatments for psoriasis that may include:

  • Topical ointments
  • Phototherapy
  • Oral medications
  • Biologics
  • Lifestyle modifications (especially trigger avoidance)
  • Moisturizers

The team may adjust your plan as your needs change. Call Derm One today or schedule an appointment online to receive personalized care for psoriasis.