What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin rash. It’s common in the United States, and men and women are equally as likely to have it. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. This means the body’s immune system falsely recognizes normal tissues as dangerous and attacks them.
Psoriasis often runs in families. There are several types, but plaque psoriasis is the most common.
Where does psoriasis appear?
Psoriasis causes lesions, or damaged areas. These lesions can appear in multiple areas of the body, such as:
What does psoriasis look like?
Lesions usually occur symmetrically, or on both sides of the body at the same time. These lesions are red or purple with silver-colored scales. You may have lesions only in one area of the body or in multiple areas. Some of the other typical signs of psoriasis include:
- Abnormal nail growth
- Bleeding if skin scales come off
- Joints that are red, warm, swollen, painful, or deformed
- Nails that are pitted, discolored, crumbling, or loose
- Nails that separate from the nail bed
Certain factors can trigger psoriasis flare-ups, such as:
- Some medications
What are my treatment options for psoriasis?
Our dermatologists will work with you on a personalized treatment plan for your psoriasis. Some of the treatment options we offer include: