Care at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Psoriasis is one of the most common skin conditions that the dermatologists at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center treat.

The Department of Dermatology handles more than 40,000 patient visits every year, and offers evening clinic hours as well as an innovative open access clinic for acute situations.

As one of the highest-ranked clinics for patient satisfaction within Hershey Medical Center, the department is also nationally recognized, with many of our providers listed in the Best Doctors in America national database. 

Treatments

Psoriasis can be localized to one region of the body or it can be generalized. Our clinicians usually make the diagnosis easily after a visual review of the skin. Occasionally a skin biopsy is required to help make the diagnosis.

Many effective treatments for psoriasis exist. Our team often uses combinations of the treatments listed below.

The dermatologist may suggest starting with topical treatments that include moisturizers, topical steroids, calcipotriene, and tar.

If that isn’t effective, systemic medications may be added, including Methotrexate, Acitretin, and Cyclosporin.

Light therapy (or phototherapy) can play a role in patients who have a significant body surface area of involvement. This includes both narrow band UVB and natural sunlight.

In more severe cases, biological can be given by injections.

New drugs for the treatment of psoriasis are being studied, and our department is often investigates many of these promising and developing treatments.

Departments

Departments at Hershey Medical Center offering treatment for psoriasis include:

Locations

Penn State Dermatology
100 Campus Drive
Entrance 3, Suite 100
Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 717-531-6820
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Penn State Medical Group Camp Hill
3025 Market Street
Entrance B
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone: 717-691-1212
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Penn State Medical Group Colonnade
32 Colonnade Way
State College, PA 16803

Phone: 814-272-4445
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Penn State Medical Group Mount Joy
201 Lefever Road
Mount Joy, PA 17552

Phone: 717-653-2900
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Penn State Medical Group Nyes Road
121 Nyes Road, Suite C
Harrisburg , PA 17112

Phone: 717-657-4045
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Penn State Medical Group Palmyra
941 Park Drive
Palmyra, PA 17078

Phone: 717-838-5332
Hours: Monday, 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 6:40 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 6:40 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Thursday, 6:40 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Friday, 6:40 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Groups, Classes & Support

Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles.

Learn more about support groups offered at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Research & Clinical Trials

Researchers in the Department of Dermatology are currently studying effective treatment for chronic plaque psoriasis.

To see all clinical trials and learn how to volunteer, visit StudyFinder.

Symptoms, Diagnosis & Outlook

Please visit our Health Information Library for more information.

We can help

To schedule an appointment, please call
717-531-6820