Psoriasis can be an incredibly irritating and erratic autoimmune disorder to live with. The most common type of the condition is plaque psoriasis. It occurs when skin cells multiply at a much faster rate than normal, thus creating patches of dry red plaques covered by scaly white skin. Because these layers of skin are rapidly dying and reproducing, afflicted areas can become itchy and sore. It’s not uncommon for skin to bleed from cracking, which can make the disorder even more painful. In various cases, the disorder can ail joints as well, causing them to become inflamed and swollen. The scalp, knees, and elbows are commonly afflicted areas. Sun exposure, burns, infections, bug bites, skin trauma, alcohol consumption, smoking and stress can all cause symptom flare-ups. Many people will often try to hide their psoriasis, as they feel that it is unsightly or embarrassing.
If you have developed a rash with similar symptoms that hasn’t gone away with over-the-counter treatments, you may have psoriasis. Although psoriasis may eventually go away, there is no cure-all for the condition. Call us today to book a consultation with one of our dermatologists. Your doctor will be able to analyze and identify the type of psoriasis you may be afflicted with, and then design a personal course of action to help minimize the symptoms.