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A healthy lifestyle involves many choices. Among them, choosing a balanced diet or eating plan. So how do you choose a healthy eating plan? Let's begin by Dr. Zuckerman has excellent "people skills." He really takes his time with his patients. And he has a great sense of humor! Great experience. Dr. Zuckerman has excellent "people skills." He really takes his time with his patients. And he has a great sense of humor! Great experience. I was a little scared to have fillers done for the first time, but Dr. Zuckerman put me at ease right away. He told me all about what to expect from having Restylane injections done, and really spent a lot of time answering my questions. It really didn't hurt at all. Dr. Zuckerman has a real gentle touch. When he was finished, he handed me the mirror, and I couldn't believe the difference!... I've seen Dr. Zuckerman for help with various skin problems for the last two years. He is extremely knowledgeable, very friendly, and really takes his time to make sure all my questions are answered. His office staff is also very helpful and friendly. I recently tried Botox with Dr. Zuckerman for the first time, and the results I got were amazing! I am so pleased. Would recommend him highly! Very friendly and professional staff. Making an appointment was very easy and I was seen immediately. Dr. Jordan has great bedside manner. His nurses and assistants are all very friendly and caring. At times it can be a long wait to see him. Try to book it earlier in the day. There are multiple doctors so you may see people go in first but signed in after you. Do check with reception though. They forgot about me once because my file wasn't placed where it was supposed to. I go back every year for my skin check up. He also took care of a large deep mole and an ear rash. Now my mother goes to him. We are very pleased. I left out one star only because of the wait at times and lack of parking. Residential parking is tough with All the parking rules. Excelent facility, professional staff and expedient yet thorough service. It does get busy from time to time, but the wait times have always been much shorter than at an average doctors' office. Some have reviewed the front desk staff less than favorably, that however has NEVER been my experience, and I have visited the facility a number of times. I have been seen by Dr. Zuckerman on more than half dozen occasions and I have always been pleasantly received and treated by EVERYONE. I highly recommend The Dermatology Center, and I personally intend to continue going there for the foreseeable future. Dr. Zuckerman is one of the best dermatologists I have been to. He is extremely efficient and knows how to make a patient feel calm with any issues. I have seen the Physicians Assistants Phoebe Tam and Leo Yagudayev as well. They are great and helped me out a lot. I definitely recommend this office and will continue going here. Dr. Zuckerman in an excellent dermatologist. I have been going to him for many years and am extremely satisfied. Dr. Zuckerman is the best dermatologist I've ever been to. I've been going to him for years for his expertise, as well as his very friendly and comforting manner. His staff is great too--professional, efficient, and friendly! I wouldn't go anywhere else for my skin care. He found a melanoma on my back on one of my routine skin checks, and basically saved my life. Thanks Dr. Zuckerman! This is my second review because I cannot find out how to edit my prior review. Dr. Zuckerman is a qualfied and knowledgeable doctor. There are issues in the wait time but he said they are addressing those issues and hopefully it will get better. My whole family has been going to Dr. Zuckerman for years. He's been great, taking care of several different issues for us professionally, with a gentle touch and a sense of humor. His assistants, Anna and Maria, couldn't be more helpful, supportive or kind making sure we're comfortable and helping us navigate insurance and medications. PA Phoebe Tam saw us several times for urgent matters, again with skill and compassion. Getting those urgent appointments as soon as possible for us were the very friendly and helpful front staff, Viscody, Myra, Mimi and Jenna. It's really nice to go to a doctor's office where they greet you by name with a smile when you walk in, even when the phones are ringing and the office is full. Dr. Zuckerman is an AMAZING dermatologist! He is very knowledgeable, kind, and really takes the time to answer all your questions. He found an unusual looking mole on my back which he biopsied. It turned out to be a melanoma. I'm so glad that I came in for my twice a year skin check so that he was able to remove it in time. I am very grateful to him. I would never see another dermatologist. Thanks so much Dr. Zuckerman! Excellent experience! Dr. Zuckerman is warm, friendly and very professional! I feel very comfortable with him and know that I am with the best! A visit to Dr. Z's office is always a very positive one. As soon as I enter through the door, I'm greeted by a friendly and caring staff. The wait is never too long and is always worth it. Dr. Z's bedside manner is superb. He always answers any questions that I have and makes me feel very comfortable. I especially like one of his assistants -- I believe her name is Anna -- who is always very helpful and caring! Overall, my experience visiting Dr. Z is always 5-Star! If you have nothing better to do than wait and listen to the front desk girls yapping, then this is the place for you. But, besides all this negative remarks, the doctor is awsome. Follow up visit after 3 weeks. Things changed a lot ... I had a wonderful experience at this practice when i'm in really needed an appointment with a dermatologist nearby. I loved entire process. Staff wasn't great. By the time i saw doctor Zuckermam, I really was at my wits end with dermatologists . Ive seen 4 in the past 6 months, two of which prescribed the wrong medications. I suffer from rosacea . I had a terrible flare up and was in terrible pain discomfort and embarrassment. I was very impressed with Doctor Zuckermam clinical assessment and bedside manners. He took time to look at my face , took swabs for testing. I was amazed . The meds are on point. Feel 100 % better in less than a week. Awesome doctor and staff. I did wait about an hour before seeing him but ot was more than worth it! Best service Dr. Zuckerman Bayside Dermatology is the best dermatologist I've been to by far. They are so nice and the level of professionalism is exceptional while they still manage to project a friendly and comforting atmosphere. The entire staff explain things well and listen to all your concerns and questions without rushing you. They make sure you leave with no confusion at all. The entire staff at this office deserves the highest recognition for their efforts. I can't express how genuinely satisfied and impressed I've been with this office. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Bayside Dermatology to anyone looking for a GREAT dermatologist. I went in with a concern over losing my eyebrow hair and was met with a team that was ready to match my concern with proper and sufficient care. Dr Z and his staff took me in as quick as possible and worked with me by asking me questions and examining the area of hair loss until a proper diagnosis was made. After I was diagnosed with alopecia areata, Dr Z gave me the best methods to treating my skin condition. When he gave me shots in the infected area I felt little to no pain!!! It was truly an amazing experience. The office manager Nina also gave me free samples of the creams I am supposed to put so I can have some time to go to the pharmacy and get my prescription in. Truly an amazing office with an amazing staff and dermatologist. I have been coming for several months and always a great experience. I have never waited more than 10 minuets. Thank You I've been a patient at Dr. Zuckerman's office for 5 years now and he absolutely great. He is very thorough in the room and takes the time to explain everything. The staff is very friendly as well. My entire family goes to the dermatology center and I refer him to everyone! Thank you Dr. Zuckerman and his staff are very friendly and helpful. It's obvious that everyone in the facility is very well-trained and experienced. The wait time is always short. I've seen Dr. Zuckerman a number of times and always get great results. He always prescribes me the right medicine and with enough refills. He is an extra-ordinary physician! WOULD RECOMMEND 10/10 Dr Zuckerman is one of the greatest Dermatologists I have ever been too. He has helped me treat my skin problems over the past 6 years. I refer him to all my friends and family. Go to his office you will not be disappointed! Thank you Dr Zuckerman and his staff! I've seen Dr. Zuckerman for help with various skin problems for the last two years. He is extremely knowledgeable, very friendly, and really takes his time to make sure all my questions are answered. His office staff is also very helpful and friendly. I recently tried Botox with Dr. Zuckerman for the first time, and the results I got were amazing! I am so pleased. Would recommend him highly! I recently had an office visit with Dr. Zuckerman at The Dermatology Center. I have been suffering from a dermatologic problem for several years. I have been to many different dermatologists over the years. First, Dr. Zuckerman diagnosed my problem immediately. He then started me on a medicine (one that I have never used) and it has been 2 weeks and I can't believe the improvement I am seeing. I am so glad I found Dr. Zuckerman. I look forward to going back for my follow up visit. The staff there was so nice. Not only the medical assistants but the front staff too!! Dr. Zuckerman is super friendly and so pleasant. I highly recommend The Dermatology Center!! Dr Zuckerman is one of the greatest Dermatologists I have ever been too. He has helped me treat my skin problems over the past 6 years. I refer him to all my friends and family. Go to his office you will not be disappointed! Thank you Dr Zuckerman and his staff!
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What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease of scaling and inflammation that affects greater than 3.1 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 6.7 million adults. Although the disease occurs in all age groups, it primarily affects adults. It appears about equally in males and females.

Psoriasis occurs when skin cells quickly rise from their origin below the surface of the skin and pile up on the surface before they have a chance to mature. Usually this movement (also called turnover) takes about a month, but in psoriasis it may occur in only a few days.

In its typical form, psoriasis results in patches of thick, red (inflamed) skin covered with silvery scales. These patches, which are sometimes referred to as plaques, usually itch or feel sore. They most often occur on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet, but they can occur on skin anywhere on the body. The disease may also affect the fingernails, the toenails, and the soft tissues of the genitals, and inside the mouth.

How Does Psoriasis Affect Quality of Life?
Individuals with psoriasis may experience significant physical discomfort and some disability. Itching and pain can interfere with basic functions, such as self-care, walking, and sleep. Plaques on hands and feet can prevent individuals from working at certain occupations, playing some sports, and caring for family members or a home. The frequency of medical care is costly and can interfere with an employment or school schedule. People with moderate to severe psoriasis may feel self-conscious about their appearance. Psychological distress can lead to depression and social isolation.

What Causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disorder driven by the immune system, especially involving a type of white blood cell called a T cell. Normally, T cells help protect the body against infection and disease. In the case of psoriasis, T cells are put into action by mistake and become so active that they trigger other immune responses, which lead to inflammation and to rapid turnover of skin cells.

In many cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Researchers have studied a large number of families affected by psoriasis and identified genes linked to the disease.

People with psoriasis may notice that there are times when their skin worsens, called flares, then improves. Conditions that may cause flares include infections, stress, and changes in climate that dry the skin. Also, certain medicines may trigger an outbreak or worsen the disease. Sometimes people who have psoriasis notice that lesions will appear where the skin has experienced trauma. The trauma could be from a cut, scratch, sunburn, or infection.

How Is Psoriasis Diagnosed?
Occasionally, doctors may find it difficult to diagnose psoriasis, because it often looks like other skin diseases. It may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis by examining a small skin sample under a microscope.

There are several forms of psoriasis. Some of these include:

  • Plaque psoriasis. Skin lesions are red at the base and covered by silvery scales.
  • Guttate psoriasis. Small, drop-shaped lesions appear on the trunk, limbs, and scalp. Guttate psoriasis is most often triggered by upper respiratory infections (for example, a sore throat caused by streptococcal bacteria).
  • Pustular psoriasis. Blisters of noninfectious pus appear on the skin. Attacks of pustular psoriasis may be triggered by medications, infections, stress, or exposure to certain chemicals.
  • Inverse psoriasis. Smooth, red patches occur in the folds of the skin near the genitals, under the breasts, or in the armpits. The symptoms may be worsened by friction and sweating.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis. Widespread reddening and scaling of the skin may be a reaction to severe sunburn or to taking corticosteroids (cortisone) or other medications. It can also be caused by a prolonged period of increased activity of psoriasis that is poorly controlled. Erythrodermic psoriasis can be very serious and requires immediate medical attention.

Another condition in which people may experience psoriasis is psoriatic arthritis. This is a form of arthritis that produces the joint inflammation common in arthritis and the lesions common in psoriasis. The joint inflammation and the skin lesions don’t necessarily have to occur at the same time.

How Is Psoriasis Treated?
Doctors generally treat psoriasis in steps based on the severity of the disease, size of the areas involved, type of psoriasis, where the psoriasis is located, and the patient’s response to initial treatments. Treatment can include:1

  • Medicines applied to the skin (topical treatment)
  • Light treatment (phototherapy)
  • Medicines by mouth or injection (systemic therapy).

All medicines can have side effects. Some medicines and side effects are mentioned in this publication. Some side effects may be more severe than others. You should review the package insert that comes with your medicine and ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about the possible side effects.

Over time, affected skin can become resistant to treatment, especially when topical corticosteroids are used. Also, a treatment that works very well in one person may have little effect in another. Thus, doctors often use a trial-and-error approach to find a treatment that works, and they may switch treatments periodically if a treatment does not work or if adverse reactions occur.

Topical Treatment
Treatments applied directly to the skin may improve its condition. Doctors find that some patients respond well to ointment or cream forms of corticosteroids, vitamin D3, retinoids, coal tar, or anthralin. Bath solutions and lubricants may be soothing, but they are seldom strong enough to improve the condition of the skin. Therefore, they usually are combined with stronger remedies.

Light Therapy
Natural ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and controlled delivery of artificial UV light are used in treating psoriasis. It is important that light therapy be administered by a doctor. Spending time in the sun or a tanning bed can cause skin damage, increase the risk of skin cancer, and worsen symptoms.

Systemic Treatment
For more severe forms of psoriasis, doctors sometimes prescribe medicines that are taken internally by pill or injection. This is called systemic treatment.

  • Methotrexate. Like cyclosporine, methotrexate slows cell turnover by suppressing the immune system. It can be taken by pill or injection. Patients taking methotrexate must be closely monitored because it can cause liver damage and/or decrease the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, infection-fighting white blood cells, and clot-enhancing platelets.
  • Retinoids. Oral retinoids are compounds with vitamin A-like properties that may be prescribed for severe cases of psoriasis that do not respond to other therapies. Because these medications also may cause birth defects, women must protect themselves from pregnancy.
  • Cyclosporine. Taken orally, cyclosporine acts by suppressing the immune system to slow the rapid turnover of skin cells. It may provide quick relief of symptoms, but the improvement stops when treatment is discontinued. Cyclosporine may impair kidney function or cause high blood pressure (hypertension). Therefore, patients must be carefully monitored by a doctor.
  • Biologic response modifiers. Biologics are made from proteins produced by living cells instead of chemicals. They interfere with specific immune system processes which cause the overproduction of skin cells and inflammation. These drugs are injected (sometimes by the patient). Patients taking these treatments need to be monitored carefully by a doctor. Because these drugs suppress the immune system response, patients taking these drugs have an increased risk of infection, and the drugs may also interfere with patients taking vaccines. Also, some of these drugs have been associated with other diseases (like central nervous system disorders, blood diseases, cancer, and lymphoma) although their role in the development of or contribution to these diseases is not yet understood.

Combination Therapy
Combining various topical, light, and systemic treatments often permits lower doses of each and can result in increased effectiveness. There are many approaches for treating psoriasis. Ask the doctor about the best options for you. Find out:

  • How long the treatment may last.
  • How long it will take to see results.
  • What the possible side effects are.
  • What to do if the side effects are severe.

What Research Is Being Conducted on Psoriasis?

  • Skin cell formation. Researchers are trying to learn how skin cells form in order to create healthy skin. At the same time, others are looking at the cells and mechanisms which cause lesions in the skin. If any of these mechanisms can be interrupted, researchers may find a way to stop the disease process.
  • Genetics. Significant progress has been made in understanding the inheritance of psoriasis. A number of genes involved in psoriasis are already known or suspected. In a multifactor disease (involving genes, environment, and other factors), variations in one or more genes may produce a greater likelihood of getting the disease. Researchers are continuing to study the genetic aspects of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
  • Nervous system. Some researchers are looking at the nervous system to determine what causes pain and itching in psoriasis.
  • Immune system. Since discovering that inflammation in psoriasis is triggered by T cells, researchers have been attempting to find ways to quiet immune system reactions in the skin. Among these are studies that try to determine ways to block the activity of T cells or block cytokines (proteins that promote inflammation). If researchers find a way to target only the disease-causing immune reactions while leaving the rest of the immune system alone, resulting treatments could benefit psoriasis patients as well as those with other autoimmune diseases.
  • Cardiovascular problems. Research has suggested that psoriasis patients may be at greater risk of cardiovascular problems, especially if the psoriasis is severe, as well as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Researchers are trying to determine the reasons for these associations and how best to treat patients.

Lasers offer a unique treatment option called “targeted phototherapy.” This means that the light from the laser can target the psoriasis and not touch the surrounding skin.

Because the light treats only the psoriasis, a strong dose of light can be used. This strong dose can penetrate deeper into the psoriasis. This offers many people an effective way to treat a stubborn patch of psoriasis, such as can develop on the scalp, feet or hands.

This type of phototherapy requires fewer treatment sessions than other types of phototherapy. If the psoriasis responds to laser treatment, between 4 and 10 treatment sessions typically clear the targeted psoriasis. This will vary with the type of laser and the psoriasis.