Medical & Surgical Dermatology

Psoriasis Skin Disease

Psoriasis skin disease is a chronic autoimmune condition occurring when the immune system sends faulty signals, causing skin cells to grow too quickly. The extra skin cells create a layer on the skin characterized by patches of scaly, itchy white skin.

Psoriasis is not contagious. It is an inherited condition and can be triggered by stimulants like stress; certain medications; strep throat; cold or dry weather; and cuts, scratches or sunburns.

If you need serious medicine for your skin, Water’s Edge medical dermatologists offer relief to psoriasis sufferers in these locations.

Types of psoriasis skin disease include:

Plaque psoriasis

This is the most common type of psoriasis skin disease—nearly 80 percent of people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis. It causes raised, reddened skin with white scales and often forms on elbows, knees and the lower back.

Scalp psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis is identical to plaque psoriasis except for its location on the scalp. It is often confused with dandruff and can be difficult to control.

Nail psoriasis
Nail psoriasis is identified by tiny pits in the nails. It can cause nails to thicken, loosen and eventually crumble. This often leads to psoriatic arthritis.

Guttate psoriasis
Guttate psoriasis skin disease usually occurs in children and young adults. Characterized by small red spots on the skin, it frequently follows a sore throat and heals on its own.

Pustular psoriasis
This type of psoriasis skin disease appears as white, pus-filled bumps surrounded by red skin. Pustular psoriasis can cause severe — sometimes life-threatening — psoriasis.

Inverse psoriasis
Inverse psoriasis causes painful, smooth red patches in the folds of the skin, such as the armpits, under the breasts and in the creases of the buttocks and genital area.

Erythrodermic psoriasis
This is the least-common type of psoriasis skin disease and it is the most dangerous. Erythrodermic psoriasis causes severe redness and skin shedding over large areas of the body. It resembles a burn. Severe itching and pain often accompany erythrodermic psoriasis.

Your Water’s Edge dermatologist will determine what type of psoriasis you have and the best treatment for you. Click here for some basic information to build your knowledge about psoriasis skin disease.

Treatment Options
Water’s Edge Dermatology offers several psoriasis skin disease treatment options. Keeping your psoriasis under control is possible, and your Water’s Edge dermatologist can help. Treatment options include:

  • Topical medications
  • Light therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Systemic medicines
  • Biologics

Because psoriasis skin disease is an inherited condition, psoriasis cannot be prevented. However, there are some steps you can take to control your psoriasis.

Steps for controlling psoriasis:

  • Live a healthy lifestyle — eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, drink alcohol in moderation and refrain from smoking
  • Monitor your joints for signs of psoriatic arthritis
  • Follow your treatment plan faithfully
  • Take steps to eliminate or control psoriasis triggers

Talk to your Water’s Edge dermatologist to learn if you have psoriasis. Click here to make an appointment.

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