Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease and skin condition that affects 125 million people all over the world. If you’re one of them, Dr. Gabriel Guerrero, a board-certified dermatologist at Eagle Dermatology, in Eagle, Idaho, wants you to know there are effective treatments to manage your symptoms. You don’t have to suffer from this painful condition. Call or book an appointment online today.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the life cycle of skin cells speeds up and rapidly produces red, scaly, itchy patches on the surface of your skin. These patches can be painful and they tend to appear in waves, or flare-ups, that are triggered by a variety of factors. Since there is no cure for psoriasis, the goal of treatment is to help you effectively manage your symptoms.
The symptoms of psoriasis depend on which type you have and can range from mild to severe. Patches of psoriasis may appear anywhere on your body, but they most frequently occur on your knees, elbows, scalp, and back. The affected skin becomes raised and reddish with a silvery white coating.
There are several different types of psoriasis, each with their own specific set of symptoms, including:
This type of psoriasis looks like raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered in silvery scales. Plaque psoriasis is usually found on your knees, elbows, or scalp. The patches are itchy and can make your skin thicker.
This type of psoriasis appears as small, scaly, red dots on the arms, legs, scalp, and torso. Guttate psoriasis primarily affects younger children and is often triggered by a bacterial infection like strep throat.
This kind of psoriasis appears as red, inflamed skin that worsens with friction or sweating. It is sometimes triggered by a fungal infection and typically affects the skin in your armpits, groin, and around your breasts or genitals.
This is not as common as the others and appears on your hands, feet, or fingertips. It develops quickly, and within hours your skin can become red and painful, with pus-filled blisters. Fever, chills, severe itching, and diarrhea may accompany a pustular psoriasis outbreak.
This is the least common form of the disease and covers your entire body with a red, peeling rash that burns or itches. It looks as if your skin has been badly burned and your body is unable to maintain its normal temperature. This type of psoriasis requires immediate medical attention since it is life-threatening.
The main goal of psoriasis treatment is to relieve symptoms and control flare-ups. Creams and ointments are effective for controlling mild to moderate forms of psoriasis, but if your condition is more severe, Dr. Guerrero may recommend oral medications, too.
Narrow band ultraviolet light therapy, in which you are exposed to controlled ultraviolet B light (the most beneficial element of sunlight), is highly effective at relieving the symptoms of psoriasis.
Call or schedule an appointment online today, so Dr. Guerrero can create a customized treatment plan to keep your psoriasis symptoms in check.