Caused by an abnormality in the immune system, Psoriasis is a non-contagious skin condition that causes the increased production of new skin cells. Unable to shed the old skin cells quickly enough, the patient’s skin accumulates these dead cells on the skin’s surface.

Psoriasis presents itself in various types, such as:
  • Plaque psoriasis: The most common form of the disease. Presents itself as red and pink patches with silvery scale. Classic areas include the scalp, elbows, knees, hands and feet but can appear anywhere on the skin and can even affect the nails.
  • Guttate psoriasis: This is the most common type of psoriasis diagnosed in children, but it can also present in adults. Sometimes the onset of guttate psoriasis follows a cold or flu like illness, such as strep throat.
  • Pustular psoriasis: These are blistered, pus-filled lesions surrounded by reddened skin. Although it can appear anywhere, the hands and feet are often affected.
  • Inverse psoriasis: Occurs in the areas of the body where the skin folds, such as the armpits and groin. Appears as smooth, inflamed red patches.
Psoriasis affects 4.5 million Americans annually and is slightly more common in women. Dermatology Affiliates offers a variety of treatment options to help you navigate this skin condition. 

What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

  • Red, inflamed skin.
  • Silvery-white scales.
  • Itching or burning sensation.
  • Dry, cracked skin.
  • Thickened or pitted nails.
  • Joint pain and swelling in some cases.

What Causes Psoriasis?

  • Genetic factors: Psoriasis often runs in families, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition.
  • Immune system dysfunction: Abnormalities in the immune system can lead to an overactive response, triggering rapid skin cell growth.
  • Other health conditions: Psoriasis is associated with an increased risk of other health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain autoimmune disorders.

How to Prevent Psoriasis

To prevent psoriasis, consulting with one of our dermatologists is crucial for personalized guidance. Dermatologists can help identify triggers, recommend suitable skincare routines, and provide insights into lifestyle adjustments that may minimize the risk of flare-ups. You healthy skin is our top priority. 

Psoriasis FAQs

Psoriasis is a chronic condition, meaning it doesn't have a cure. However, it can be managed effectively with treatments and lifestyle adjustments. Many people with psoriasis lead healthy, fulfilling lives by finding the right approach to control flare-ups.

Weather can impact psoriasis, with some people experiencing flare-ups in certain conditions. Cold, dry weather can be harsh on the skin. Moisturizing regularly and adapting your skincare routine based on the weather can help minimize discomfort.

While it's generally possible, it's essential to take extra precautions. Psoriasis can affect how your skin reacts to tattoos, and flare-ups can complicate the healing process. Consulting with your dermatologist before getting a tattoo or piercing is advisable.

Stress is known to trigger or worsen psoriasis flare-ups. Finding effective stress management techniques, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies, can be beneficial. Discussing stress management strategies with your healthcare team, including your dermatologist, can contribute to better psoriasis control.

No, psoriasis is not contagious. You can't "catch" it from someone else, and it's not something you can spread to others through contact. It's an immune system-related condition, not an infection.

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Psoriasis Treatments

For patients with mild psoriasis, topical steroids are often prescribed. Other treatments that may be considered by your dermatology provider include but are not limited to:
  • Oral and injectable medications that affect the immune system to control the psoriasis.
  • Tight therapy treatment.
  • Laser treatment and more.
For more severe cases, systemic treatments like oral medications or biologics may be recommended to target the underlying immune response.

Our dermatologists tailor treatment plans to individual needs, emphasizing a balance between managing symptoms and minimizing potential side effects. Regular monitoring and follow-ups with our team of skin experts are crucial for effective psoriasis management and to develop a health skin routine for years to come.