PSORIASIS & DERMATITIS

PSORIASIS

Our clinicians have vast experience treating all types of psoriasis, including (but not limited to) plaque, pustular, erythrodermic, and psoriatic arthritis. Other than common topical treatments such as steroid creams, vitamin D3 creams and retinoid creams, we can offer our patients ultraviolet, systemic, and biologic therapies.

Rao Dermatology provides narrow band ultraviolet-B (NB-UVB or UVB) therapy, which reduces inflammation and assists the skin in the healing process. This treatment is extremely popular because, not only is it effective, it also takes only a few minutes and requires zero downtime. Light therapy can be done on a drop in basis, up to 3 times a week.

Systemic treatments affect the body’s entire system and require an oral or injected medication. This approach is typically used when topical medications have not been effective, or on patients who are affected on large portions of the body that frequent topical doses are not practical.

We also offer our patients injected systemic treatments, or biologics, usually when topical and oral treatments have not proven effective. Biologics are most often prescribed for individuals with severe plaque psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.

Because some of these medications can cause serious side effects, patients on systemic and biologic treatments must be closely monitored through consistent follow-up examinations and testing.

DERMATITIS

Dermatitis is a general term used for several different types of skin inflammation. These can be divided into two main categories: endogenous and exogenous.

Endogenous dermatitis means that the condition originates from within the body. Exogenous dermatitis is caused by an irritant outside of the body. Once the type and cause is determined and whenever possible, eliminated, both types of dermatitis can be treated with steroidal and non steroidal topical medications, sometimes systemics treatments can be needed. The dry skin is managed with moisturizers and emollients.

Although it may seem appropriate because the skin is so dry and flaky, exfoliation can actually worsen the skin’s condition. Also, because the skin is often quite sensitive in eczema patients, harsh skin care products and retinoids are not recommended. UVB light therapy has also proven effective in relieving symptoms. Because of the nuances of each individual case, effective treatment is often dependent upon a multi-faceted treatment plan that includes medication, proper skin care, and trigger avoidance.

TESTIMONIALS

“I have been going to Dr. Rao for a few years, and am very satisfied with the quality of service and care.”
Sidney, Rao Dermatology Patient
“Both my husband and I have visited Rao Dermatology for over 20 years.”
Lisa, Rao Dermatology Patient
“The best dermatologist I have ever seen.”
Haley, Rao Dermatology Patient
“He is very professional and caring about any concern you have.”
- Rao Dermatology Patient
"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. My daughter has been treated for over 3 years elsewhere and our new insurance sent us here. I cannot believe how fast they acted to keep my daughter on track with the only treatment that has worked."
- Rao Dermatology Patient
"The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. I went in about a year ago to help get rid of my acne and my skin has never been better. They're usually on track with their appointment times so you're in and out in a timely manner. They've also helped diagnose and treat my husbands psoriasis."
- Rao Dermatology Patient
"This office is great and I am glad that we were able to come here. They give you a lot of information, and sometimes it's hard to process/remember, but they are very patient until you understand. I would definitely recommend them."
- Rao Dermatology Patient
"My experience has always been awesome here in Hanford. The staff are wonderful and make you feel like family!!!!"
- Rao Dermatology Patient
"Love the staff, everyone is so nice and friendly"
- Rao Dermatology Patient

In accordance with the State of California, face masks are required at the time of your visit.

For the safety of our staff and our patients, we are grateful for your understanding and cooperation.