Psoriasis is a heredity skin disease that is often a lifelong condition. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that affects the skin and joints. Usually your skin “turns over” every 30 to 60 days, but with psoriasis, it occurs every 9 to 12 days. The skin cells are not shed and it creates a layer of excess skin cells over the skin. This appears as patches of red or white scaly, itchy skin.
Proper diagnosis is the first step to psoriasis skin treatment. Water’s Edge is your psoriasis treatment center. Your medical dermatologists can help with diagnosis and a variety of effective treatment options.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Psoriasis Skin Disease
- Areas of red, inflamed skin, covered with white scales. These areas of red are called plaques. Scales are the silvery-white coating over the plaque.
- Psoriasis plaques can itch and can be painful.
- Plaques can appear anywhere on the skin. They are most common on the knees, elbows, lower back and scalp.
- Patches of plaques vary in size and can often merge together into a larger patch.
- Crumbling or detached nails. Discoloration and pits in the nails may occur.
- Flakey, white scales on the scalp.
- Bleeding areas where skin is scratched.
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There is no cure for psoriasis. However, it can be controlled with treatments.
Don’t let your psoriasis rule your life. Schedule a consultation with your Water’s Edge medical dermatologist today.