Psoriasis Q&A


Psoriasis services offered in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Titusville and Rockledge, FL

Dry, scaly, red, or thickened skin is a hallmark sign of psoriasis. If you struggle with imperfect skin, turn to Florida Dermatology Associates. Ruben Moreno, MD, and his expert team offer psoriasis treatments to improve the structure, function, and appearance of your skin. Call one of the offices in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, or Titusville, Florida, or use the online booking feature today.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects the way your skin appears. It often causes itchy, cracked, scaly, or red skin on your elbows, scalp, trunk, or knees. There’s no cure, but psoriasis treatment at Florida Dermatology Associates is the best way to clear up your skin and reduce bothersome symptoms.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Some of the most common symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Itching, burning, or sore skin
  • Red patches
  • Thick, silvery scales
  • Dandruff-like scaling
  • Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails
  • Stiff, swollen joints

Symptoms of psoriasis flare-ups, which might be mild, moderate, or severe, commonly come and go. When left untreated, psoriasis can increase your chance of psoriatic arthritis, autoimmune problems, and depression. 

What are the risk factors for psoriasis?

The most common risk factors for psoriasis flare-ups include:

  • Family history of psoriasis
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Skin injuries
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Infections
  • Dry, cold weather
  • Some medicines

Adopting healthy habits at home is the best way to lessen your chance of psoriasis or its uncomfortable symptoms, but you can’t always avoid developing this skin condition. 

How does my provider diagnose psoriasis?

To find out if you have psoriasis and create an effective treatment plan, the Florida Dermatology Associates team reviews your lifestyle habits, symptoms, and medical history. They check your vital signs and evaluate your nails, hair, and skin. Your specialist could take a tissue biopsy specimen and examine it under a microscope. 

How is psoriasis treated?


Common psoriasis treatments include:



Using topical medicines, oral medications, or injections can improve your skin’s health and reduce unsightly psoriasis symptoms.

Light therapy 


The Florida Dermatology Associates team may suggest light therapy to lessen bothersome symptoms of psoriasis.

Home remedies


Things you can do at home to reduce unpleasant psoriasis symptoms include keeping your skin moisturized, covering affected areas of skin while you sleep, and exposing skin to a little bit of sunlight. 


Don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol, avoid smoking, eat nutritious foods, and keep stress levels low. Engage in regular exercise and maintain a healthy body weight.


To get treated for psoriasis at Florida Dermatology Associates, call one of the offices or use the online booking tool today.