Psoriasis

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes dry, scaly, and itchy patches. It is not contagious, and symptoms may vary among individuals. Most people experience red, inflamed patches covered in thick, silver scales that itch, burn, or feel sore. Psoriatic arthritis can also occur, leading to stiff, swollen joints. Symptoms often appear and disappear over time, and the most commonly affected areas include the scalp, face, hands, elbows, knees, and feet.

Psoriasis Types

There are different types of psoriasis, and people may have more than one type concurrently. The most common type is Plaque Psoriasis, which appears as raised red patches with silver scales on the scalp, elbows, lower back, and knees. Other types include Guttate, which is triggered by bacterial infections; Inverse, associated with fungal infections and affecting skin folds; Pustular, causing pus-filled blisters; Psoriatic, inducing painful joint swelling; and Erythrodermic, the least common but potentially serious, with symptoms like a peeling rash and intense itching.

Psoriasis Causes

The specific cause of psoriasis remains unknown, but it is recognized as an autoimmune condition that leads to the rapid production of new skin cells. Genetic and environmental factors, such as family history and certain triggers like stress, skin injuries, weather conditions, illness, alcohol consumption, smoking, and specific medications, contribute to its development.

What are Psoriasis Treatment Options

While there is no cure for psoriasis, treatments aim to manage symptoms by slowing skin cell growth and alleviating discomfort. Topical corticosteroids or other topical treatments like salicylic acid may be recommended for mild cases. Light therapy and sunlight exposure can help with mild to moderate symptoms. Severe cases may require oral or injectable medications to suppress the immune system. Dermatologists tailor treatments to individuals, considering over-the-counter options and a combination of therapies. Avoiding triggers is crucial; consultation with a dermatologist is recommended before using any over-the-counter treatments.

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Christopher Romero
Christopher Romero
I was scared to death after discovering a small spot under my arm. I visited with Laura and she calmed my nerves by telling me it was blood vessels and nothing to worry about. The whole experience from checking in to leaving was wonderful. I HIGHLY recommend Nigro and especially Laura. I
Zaid Smair
Zaid Smair
Saturday I had an inflamed skin problem in an uncomfortable area, I was in a lot of pain, Heather Jordan was the absolute best! I visited Saturday to get checked out and the process was very smooth, comfortable and easy. Everyone who works there is kind, helpful and caring. Seeing me on short notice was huge help since no one else in town was open Saturday or available at least, Heather took me in and explained everything in detail and relieved me, I felt that I am in safe hands with someone experienced. I went back in today for another check up, and same thing, Heather and everyone else took great care of me, I definitely recommend to anyone, forget about ER or anyone else. This is the place to go, you won’t regret it.
Carmen Keys
Carmen Keys
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Latosha West
Latosha West
Ms.Amanda is always nice and really patient with me and my skin condition helping to understand my lupus. Staff is kind as well.
Courtney Danile
Courtney Danile
Dr. Spedale and the staff are always very welcoming and professional.