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Psoriasis in Scottsdale, AZ

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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic relapsing and remitting inflammatory disease in which thickened, red, scaly plaques appear on the skin. Common areas of involvement include the scalp, nails, hands, feet, genitals and trunk. Approximately 2% of the world’s population is affected by psoriasis; and although psoriasis can occur at any age, the majority of patients will develop prior to the age of 20.


What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune mediated genetic disease that involves a complex interaction between the innate and adaptive immune systems. A group of specific inflammatory markers have been linked to the clinical features of psoriasis. Those markers include: Tumor necrosis factors (TNF-a), interleukin-23 (IL-23), and Interleukin-17 (IL-17). These markers have now become targets for the biologic medications indicated for the treatment of psoriasis today.


How is psoriasis diagnosed?

Psoriasis can be diagnosed by its clinical features upon assessment in office. If necessary, a biopsy can be performed for confirmatory diagnosis.

What treatment options are available of Desert Sage Dermatology?

No single treatment or prescription works for everyone. Factors such as medical history, social history, and lifestyle will help to guide Megan Ahmed, NP-C in determining the best treatment for you. Treatment options include:

  • Biologic medications
  • Topical prescriptions
  • Oral prescriptions

I had the absolute best experience with Megan. She is so knowledgeable & approached my skin concerns from all angles. I loved how educational the visit was & her approach for my specific needs. Get in for a consultation, you won’t regret it.

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Megan was by far the best derm I've ever seen. She was informative- really helped me understand options for skincare and hair loss. She listened to my concerns patiently. Had some some good recommendations in various price ranges for skincare.

M.S. Google

I've been treated by Megan for over one year now and she is fantastic. She takes the time to discuss treatment options with you, gives honest feedback about products, and is very skilled in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. I've also gotten Vivace and botox by her and she has done an excellent job. Highly recommend!

M.P. Google

Megan is the best derm I have been to. She gets you in and out, you never wait more than 5-10 mins. She’s very knowledgeable and knows how to relate. Megan is super easy to talk to and you can get into to see her within the week. She’s wonderful. Would highly recommend. My skin was horrible and now it’s just about flawless.

E.M. Google

Great people and quick- no waiting.

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