Psoriasis is an extremely common chronic skin disorder. Most people with the condition have thickened patches of skin that are pink or red. They can be found anywhere on the body, although it is most common to find them on the scalp, elbows, and knees. There are several forms and they differ in appearance. They range from pus-filled bumps to patches of skin that are red and smooth. This condition is NOT contagious. It is believed to be the result of an overactive immune system that causes the flaking skin, inflammation, and other symptoms.
What are the different types of psoriasis?
The following is a partial list of the various types of psoriasis. The Rendon Center doctor will identify the type you suffer from and develop a treatment plan.
– This is the most common form, affecting 80 percent of people diagnosed with psoriasis. It can be identified by the thick patches of skin that are red or sometimes pink in color. The patches of skin are topped by a white scaly buildup of dead skin cells. Commonly called plaque psoriasis, this form can develop anywhere on the body.
– Most commonly identified by small scaly red spots on the skin that are teardrop shaped. They are most common on the arms, midsection, and legs. This can be indicative of an underlying infection.
– This appears in skin folds such as the armpits and is smooth, red patches of skin. This form does not have the scales that others do and is most common in people who are obese.
– Identifiable by pus-filled blisters. The first symptom is bright red skin followed by an outbreak of blisters. They are most commonly found on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
What is the best treatment for psoriasis?
There is no cure for psoriasis. It will go into remission and then flare-up. Sometimes, there is no explanation for the remission or the flare-up. The flare-ups may be triggered by stress, some medications, or changing climate (spring to summer for example). There are a number of treatment options including topical, oral, injectable, and light therapies. Some of the topical treatments are available OTC but it is best to be treated by a dermatologist who can monitor and adjust your treatment as necessary.
If you are tired of hiding your skin due to psoriasis flare-ups, call the Rendon Center today at 561-750-0544 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment. They understand the way the Boca Raton climate can affect your condition. This is the first step in being able to enjoy life again.