Psoriasis is a skin condition associated with inflammation, redness, scaly patches and other bothersome symptoms. It occurs when skin cells produce at above average rates producing an abundance of cells on the surface of the skin. Overtime, as these cells build up, they create red irritated skin patches covered with white scales. This is known as plaque psoriasis which is the most common type of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is characterized by red, irritated, itchy and extremely painful skin. If left without treatment, plaque psoriasis can lead to cracking and bleeding of the skin in the affected areas. At Dermatology Solutions, we provide effective treatment options for our patients with psoriasis. Contact our office today and take the first step of your skin healing journey.
What Causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is caused by an over-reactive immune system that creates inflammation in your skin. When you have an over-reactive immune system, your new skin cell development is much faster than average. The above average rates of new cells replacing old cells creates scales and frequent skin shedding on top of skin plaques. Often times, psoriasis is triggered by somethings which results in the flare-up symptoms.
Common Triggers for Psoriasis Flare-ups
- Emotional stress
- An infection (streptococcal infection).
- A skin injury like bruises, cuts, scrapes or surgery.
- Certain medications, such as lithium and beta-blockers.
- Skin conditions like scabies, blisters, boils, and dermatitis
- Changes in body temperature due to the weather
- Hormone surges that occur after puberty and during pregnancy
- Smoking and excessive drinking
Types of Psoriasis
There are a variety of psoriasis types accompanied by different symptoms. Each outbreak can vary in intensity from mild to severe, and may effect one small area of the skin or involve large patches of skin over multiple areas of the body.
Affecting nearly 80% of psoriasis sufferers, plaque psoriasis consists of raised, red patches covered with white scaling. These lesions can be itchy and painful, and the affected areas can crack and bleed.
Guttate psoriasis can be triggered by bacterial infections like strep throat, tonsillitis, and upper respiratory infections. It appears as small red spots on the trunk, limbs, and scalp and can precede or coexist with other types.
Inverse commonly affects the skin folds near the groin, breasts, or armpits. It causes smooth, red patches of inflamed skin that worsen with friction and sweating.
Pustular psoriasis is rare but consists of pus-filled blisters surrounded by red skin. It can be widespread or localized to the hands or feet.
Erythrodermic psoriasis affects most of the skin on the body with symptoms of redness, itchiness, a peeling rash, and pain.
Depending on your symptoms and their severity, our dermatologist might suggest one or more of the following treatments:
- Steroid creams
- Vitamin ointments or creams
- Medicated shampoos or lotions
Let Us Help Your Find Relief!
The first step in finding a treatment for your psoriasis is scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist to discuss your symptoms and concerns. During your consultation, our dermatologist will ask you a series of questions related to your skin condition including level of itchiness and discomfort, review any triggers, as well a physical exam to get the most accurate diagnosis. Next, our dermatologists will recommend a skin care regimen along with any over-the-counter and/or prescribed skin care products.
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