Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin. It is considered an autoimmune condition. Psoriasis can affect any part of the body, but the most common areas affected are the elbows, knees, scalp, soles of the feet, and back. Psoriatic patches can be minor and occur in just a few small spots, or they can cover large areas of the body. Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be spread through skin-to-skin contact.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form, and it causes raised, dry, red patches covered in silvery scale. This type of psoriasis tends to be itchy and tender. However, there are several other types of psoriasis that can occur in various areas of the skin and nails.
The most common symptoms of psoriasis are:
Each person is unique, but there are some common triggers for psoriasis flare ups, including:
Psoriasis is a chronic condition with a cycle of flare ups that can last for months, followed by periods of clear skin. The goal of treatment is to manage the symptoms through lifestyle modifications and medications because, at this time, there is no permanent cure for psoriasis.
Many patients find success in managing their psoriasis symptoms with the following treatments:
If symptoms become widespread on the body, cause discomfort or pain in the skin or joints, or give you concern about your appearance, schedule an appointment with one of the dermatologists at the Center for Surgical Dermatology in Westerville, Gahanna, Granville, and other locations around Columbus, Ohio. Together, we can develop a treatment plan to reduce and manage flare ups.
View the psoriasis photos before and after treatment below to see how our board-certified dermatologists help patients suffering from psoriasis. If this looks similar to your symptoms, please schedule an appointment with our board-certified dermatologists in Westerville and Gahanna for an official diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.