Psoriasis is a skin condition that develops as a result of an overproduction of new skin cells. In most people, it takes about a month from the time a skin cell forms until it reaches the very top layer of skin and flakes off. This constant renewal process helps skin stay healthy and promotes proper healing. But when the renewal cycle is “sped up” as in psoriasis, surface skin cells don't have a chance to shed properly, and thick, reddish, scaly patches called psoriatic plaques begin to form.
The symptoms of psoriasis can vary from one person to the next, but some of the most common ones include:
itching which becomes worse during flareups or after sun exposure
bleeding when patches are scratched or bumped
scaling or crusting on the scalp
pitted or discolored fingernails
joint pain (psoriatic arthritis)
The scaly plaque formations often (but not always) occur on both sides of the body – when one elbow is affected, usually the other one becomes affected as well.
No, psoriasis cannot be “caught” or spread.
The first step in treating psoriasis is ensuring you get an accurate diagnosis. Some other skin conditions and even certain medications can cause similar symptoms. Dr. Bhatia is skilled in making the proper diagnosis so you get the most appropriate treatment. Once the diagnosis of psoriasis is made, Dr. Bhatia can review all your treatment options with you, including topical lotions and creams, oral medications and even phototherapy, which uses light energy to help reduce or resolve symptoms. Psoriasis cannot be cured, and you may need more than one type of treatment to keep your symptoms under control.
As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf for all covered medical procedures. Please review your specific insurance plan for co-pay, deductible and other benefit information prior to your office visit.
If you have questions about our payment requirements or changes to the insurance plans we accept, please call our office.
Please note - We do not accept Covered California
All patients will be responsible for determining their eligibility status prior to their office visit or upon any changes to their insurance plan. If you are not sure Therapeutics is in your network, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.
***A current insurance card and photo ID are required at your initial visit and upon any changes to your plan.***
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"I've been going to Therapeutics for quite a few years, and they are like a family to me now. The staff is always courteous and caring. "
"I've been going to Therapeutics for six years and have nothing but great things to say. I have psoriasis and as a leading research clinic they have been very helpful"
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Absolutely superb service at Therapeutics Clinical Research! Dr. Neal Bhatia is one of the most caring physicians I have ever received care from.
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Dr. Neal Bhatis is great. I felt him to be very knowledgeable and extremely easy to discuss my concerns with. I would never hesitate to go back to see him again
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