What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which patches of skin become itchy, scaly, and red. Psoriasis is an inherited condition, believed to be the result of the overproduction of skin cells.
There are multiple types of psoriasis. The most common type of psoriasis is Plaque. It usually is found on the back, knees, scalp, or genitals. Guttate psoriasis is characterized by red spots all over the skin. Inverse psoriasis develops in areas where skin touches skin, this type of psoriasis causes red, raw-looking skin. With Pustular psoriasis the skin is swollen and red, covered with pus-filled bumps. The body is not able to maintain its normal temperature, and the skin appears burned with Erythrodermic psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis makes up about 80% of psoriasis cases. The scaly skin is caused by the body producing more skin cells than it can effectively shed. Itching is common, but scratching may worsen the condition. The more common types of psoriasis are usually treated with topical creams or phototherapy. While all psoriasis can be uncomfortable, pustular and Erythrodermic psoriasis can be deadly. In these cases, treatment by a trained medical doctor is crucial.
At Amy Vaughan Dermatology, we can offer many options for treating your psoriasis including topical creams, oral medication, and biology therapy.