Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

Psoriasis Specialist

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that can't be cured, but the symptoms can be kept under control. Dr. Bhatia uses the most advanced treatments available to help patients in the San Diego, CA, area reduce symptoms and live more comfortable, more confident lives.

Psoriasis Q & A

by Neal Bhatia, MD

What is psoriasis?

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.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

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.

Can psoriasis be spread from one person to another?

No, psoriasis cannot be “caught” or spread.

How can my psoriasis be treated?

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.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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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Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I absolutely love Dr. Bhatia. I originally came for an extreme case of eczema. Not only did he solve this but him and his nurse are always incredibly sweet."

    Laura A.
  • Yelp

    "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. "

    Stacey S.
  • Yelp

    "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"

    Mark P.
  • Google

    Amazing doctor, friendly staff and very cooperative. I have been Dr. Bhatia's patient for more that two years now. Highly recommend!

    Ali A
  • Google

    Absolutely superb service at Therapeutics Clinical Research! Dr. Neal Bhatia is one of the most caring physicians I have ever received care from.

    Jonathan A
  • Google

    Dr. Bhatia is passionate about his work and is dedicated to remaining educated and staying at the forefront of his field.

    Vaill D.
  • Google

    Both the PA and doc were very cordial, professional, knowledgeable and capable. They are also big on patient education, which I appreciated.

  • Google

    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

    Bobby H.
  • Yelp

    Dr. Bhatia was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. His staff is very professional as well and answered all of my questions.

    Greg G.
  • ZocDoc

    Very friendly and easy going doctor! He was knowledgeable and explained my skin condition very well!

    Athena L.
  • ZocDoc

    Dr Bahtia is very knowledgeable, patient, respectful, informative and easy going. He gave me lots of new suggestions for protecting myself from the sun!

    Linda S.
  • ZocDoc

    Dr. Bhatia is funny and knowledgable. His staff was kind. He was able to answer all of my questions and gave me lots of stuff and advice.

    Brianna E.
Therapeutics Clinical Research
9025 Balboa Avenue, Suite 105
Kearny Mesa

San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-571-6800
Fax: 858-571-6801
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