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What is Psoriasis?

Oct 26, 2011

Psoriasis is a condition that causes the skin to break out in red rashes of thickened skin that are often covered in gray scales. Although it is not curable, there are ways to manage the condition to minimize outbreaks and eliminate the symptoms you are already experiencing. Here are some details that will help you better understand psoriasis:

  • Causes: Some individuals are genetically predisposed to psoriasis. The gene that causes this condition is inherited by about 10% of the population, but only a small fraction of those people actually have outbreaks of psoriatic rashes. It is suspected that certain triggers may be responsible for the appearance of symptoms, including stress, certain medications, and injuries.  
  • Symptoms: Psoriasis is usually seen on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. In some patients, it also affects the nails and causes the nail to separate from the skin. The rash when seen on the skin is characterized by flaky or scaly skin, and it may be itchy or sore. For reasons that are not fully understood, psoriasis is also sometimes associated with inflammation of the joints, a condition called psoriatic arthritis. Usually, problems of the joints arise after the skin rash develops, so it is important to monitor your joint health if you are a psoriasis patient.
  • Prevention: There is no way to ensure that you will not develop psoriasis, but there are ways that you can keep the chances of an outbreak low. Good hygiene and regular moisturizing can keep your skin supple and clear—just remember to cleanse your skin gently to prevent irritation. Reducing alcohol and cigarette consumption will also aid in reducing symptoms.

If you are experiencing psoriasis symptoms, then contact Arlington Dermatology. We specialize in medical and cosmetic dermatology to keep your skin looking fresh and smooth. Schedule a consultation with us on our website or call 847-392-5440.

Psoriasis on the back of a woman's neck