The most important treatments for psoriasis are proper hydration, care of the skin, and eliminating physical and emotional stressors. At Radiant Dermatology, we teach you the best way to care for your unique skin. Dermatology Amanda Friedrichs guides you to uncover potential triggers and decrease stressors. We also offer topical, oral, and injectable treatments for psoriasis, depending on the severity of your condition.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition. There are five types, each with unique signs and symptoms. Between 10 and 30 percent of people who develop psoriasis get a related form of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis, which causes inflammation of the joints.
Types of Psoriasis
Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. About 80 percent of people who develop psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which appears as patches of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scale. These patches, or plaques, frequently form on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp. However, the plaques can occur anywhere on the body.
The four other types of psoriasis are:
- Guttate psoriasis, which presents as small red spots on the skin
- Pustular psoriasis, which presents as white pustules surrounded by red skin
- Inverse psoriasis, which presents as smooth, red lesions and form in skin folds
- Erythrodermic psoriasis, which presents as widespread redness and is accompanied by severe itching and pain
Regardless of type, psoriasis usually causes discomfort. The skin often itches, and it may crack and bleed. In severe cases, the itching and discomfort may keep a person awake at night, and the pain can make everyday tasks difficult.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition with no known cure. Controlling the signs and symptoms typically requires lifelong therapy. Treatment depends on the severity and type of psoriasis.
Do you need help managing your psoriasis?
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