Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition causing cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. It typically appears as red, scaly patches that can be itchy and painful. At Academic Alliance in Dermatology, we take a personalized approach to psoriasis treatment to help patients manage their condition and feel confident in their skin.
Types of Psoriasis
Psoriasis comes in various forms, each with its own set of symptoms. Some of the most common types of psoriasis include:
Plaque psoriasis typically appears as red, raised patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells called scales. Plaque psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly found on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back.
Guttate psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that appears as small, red, tear-drop-shaped spots on the skin. It is most commonly found on the trunk, arms, and legs and may also affect the scalp, nails, and genital areas. Guttate psoriasis is often triggered by a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, and may occur suddenly, often in children and young adults.
Inverse psoriasis, also known as intertriginous psoriasis, is a form of psoriasis that affects the skin folds, such as the armpits, groin, and under the breasts. It is characterized by red, smooth, and shiny lesions that can be painful and itchy.
Pustular psoriasis is a type of psoriasis characterized by the presence of pus-filled blisters on the skin. It can affect any part of the body but is most commonly seen on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
Symptoms of Psoriasis
The main symptoms of psoriasis include:
- Thick, red, scaly patches on the skin, known as plaques
- Dry, cracked skin that may bleed or itch
- Stiff and swollen joints
- Thickened, ridged, or pitted nails (nail psoriasis)
Psoriasis can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as eczema or seborrheic dermatitis. Therefore, it is important to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Treatments for Psoriasis
There are several treatment options available for people with psoriasis, and the most appropriate treatment will depend on the severity of the condition, the location of the plaques, and the individual’s overall health and preferences. Some common treatment options for psoriasis include:
These are creams, ointments, or gels that are applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and slow the growth of skin cells. Topical medications can be effective for mild to moderate psoriasis and are generally the first line of treatment.
This involves exposing the skin to controlled amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light to reduce inflammation and slow the growth of skin cells. Phototherapy can be effective for mild to moderate psoriasis and is usually done in a dermatologist’s office or at a special phototherapy center.
These are pills or capsules that are taken by mouth to reduce inflammation and slow the growth of skin cells. Oral medications can be effective for moderate to severe psoriasis and are usually used in combination with other treatments.
These are injectable medications that target specific proteins in the immune system that are involved in the development of psoriasis. Biologics can be effective for moderate to severe psoriasis and are usually used in combination with other treatments.
Psoriasis Treatment at Academic Alliance in Dermatology
Academic Alliance in Dermatology is a leading dermatology practice with locations throughout Florida. Our team includes experienced providers dedicated to delivering the highest level of care to patients with psoriasis.
With a personalized approach, we strive to provide our patients with the most advanced treatment options available. We also offer lifestyle guidance and supportive counseling to help you manage your condition on a daily basis. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with psoriasis, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.