Psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder, is a chronic skin condition. It is characterized by inflamed, red, raised areas that often develop into silvery scales on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis can also be associated with arthritis. It is estimated to affect 7.5 million people in the U.S. The cause of psoriasis is unknown; however, it is thought to be caused by abnormally fast-growing and shedding skin cells. The skin cells multiply quickly. This causes the skin to shed every 3 to 4 days. This may be caused by a trigger, such as injury, sunburn, certain classes of medicines, infection, stress, alcohol, or tobacco. Though not contagious, the condition is hereditary. Psoriasis often returns and can be more severe one time than another. The following are the most common symptoms of psoriasis.
Psoriasis comes in several forms and severities. Symptoms may include:
Plaque psoriasis. This type of psoriasis is the most common. Symptoms may includepatches of red, raised skin on the trunk, arms, legs, knees, elbows, genitals, and scalp. Nails may also thicken, become pitted, and separate from the nail beds.
Guttate psoriasis. This type of psoriasis affects mostly children. Symptoms may include many small spots of red, raised skin. A sore throat usually precedes the onset of this type of psoriasis.
Pustular psoriasis. Symptoms may include small pustules (pus-containing blisters) all over the body or just on the palms, soles, and other small areas. The symptoms of psoriasis may look like other skin conditions. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
For personalized dermatology in Jacksonville contact our office 904.731.8300 to schedule an appointment, we will consider your age, overall health, the severity of your condition and other factors in determining what treatment is best for you. We place a premium on your health and the health of your skin.