What is Psoriasis?

psoriasisWinter air will usually make your skin feel drier than normal, and can be treated by switching up your skincare routine with a heavier, oil-based moisturizer.  

But when your skin is covered in red patches that leave you with an itchy or burning sensation, or if the patches cause bleeding, you might be suffering from psoriasis.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, causing the new cells to quickly build up on the surface of the skin.  

The new, extra skin can take the form of scales and red patches that can feel itchy, and at times painful.

Are there different kinds of psoriasis?

Some types of psoriasis go through cycles of flareups for weeks or months, and with proper treatment and evaluation, can subside over time.

There are five types of the psoriasis: plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis.

Plaque Psoriasis

The most common of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis shows up as dry, red lesions that flake up and shed.  These patches usually appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, or lower back.

Guttate Psoriasis

The second most common type, guttate psoriasis, usually affects individuals under 30 and is mostly triggered by strep throat.  This type can appear on arms, legs, and the scalp, and is a thinner layer of extra skin than plaque psoriasis.

Pustular Psoriasis

Pustular psoriasis usually appears as white blisters, covering large areas of the skin.  This type can be accompanied by fever, chills, and severe itching.

Inverse Psoriasis

Normally caused by friction and sweating, inverse psoriasis can develop in areas such as the armpits, groin, under the breasts, and even the genitals and buttocks.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

The least common type, erythrodermic psoriasis can be extremely painful and potentially life-threatening.  Someone suffering from this type can develop peeling rashes across the surface of their entire body and is usually accompanied with unregulated body temperature.

What causes psoriasis?

Medical professionals have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of psoriasis, but have found triggers which include:

  • Injuries to the skin, such as a cut, scrape, insect bite, or sunburn
  • Bacterial infections such as strep throat
  • Skin rashes and allergic reactions

Where should I seek treatment?

If you suspect that you have psoriasis, you should seek medical attention at Synergy Immediate Care, particularly if your psoriasis:

  • Is bothersome and causes discomfort and pain
  • Makes you concerned about the appearance of your skin
  • Causes joint pains or severe swelling

Synergy Immediate Care’s dermatologist, Dr Kimberly Arrington, will review your medical history and perform an evaluation of the current state of your skin.   If you are at risk for psoriasis, or you have psoriasis, we can provide you with treatment to reduce the inflammation and clear the skin.  

If you are concerned that your skin shows signs of psoriasis, do not hesitate to contact us at 703-942-5331 to set up an appointment.  We look forward to getting your psoriasis under control, preventing future breakouts, and giving you great-looking skin!

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