Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office has two locations: Poplar Bluff, MO and Paragould, AR. Both offices provide medical services, and the Poplar Bluff, MO office has a medical spa. Dr. Lance Yeoman has over 30 years of experience, and he has earned board certifications in both Dermatology and General Surgery. He is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine known for his expertise in diagnosing and treating skin conditions. Whether you are dealing with psoriasis, skin cancer, or acne, Dr. Yeoman and his team of professionals can help you.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the skin. It can develop on its own or along with another condition like diabetes or heart disease. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but it is thought to have a genetic component.
There are five types of psoriasis. By far the most common form is plaque, in which the patient develops red lesions that look like a rash. This type affects over 80 percent of psoriasis patients. While the plaques can appear anywhere, they are most likely to develop on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.
In plaque psoriasis, the immune system causes the body to produce skin cells abnormally fast. Normal skin cells have a life cycle of about a month, during which they migrate from the dermis to the epidermis and are shed. In plaque psoriasis, the skin cells are pushed to the epidermis in three or four days. Since the body can’t get rid of them quickly enough, the dead skin cells pile up on each other and form red plaques.
How is Psoriasis Treated?
Treatment for the condition at our office in Poplar Bluff, MO or Paragould, AR will depend on the type, severity, and location, among other factors. In some cases, our doctor will start by prescribing a medication.
During the evaluation, the doctor will also ask the patient if they have any triggers. In other words, they will be asked if there are physical or emotional stimuli that cause their psoriasis to flare up. Common examples of such triggers can include:
• Certain medications
• Scratches, sunburns, and other injuries to the skin
• Other environmental factors
When you’re considering professional treatment for psoriasis, make an appointment at Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office. We proudly offer customized treatments for a variety of skin conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Poplar Bluff, MO or Paragould, AR.