Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes your skin to form scaly red patches. When you have psoriasis, it accelerates the lifecycle of your skin, and its cells build up on the surface.
Beyond the red, scaly skin, psoriasis can also cause dry skin that may crack and bleed. It can be itchy, sore, burning, or painful. It can also impact your nails, create ridges or pits, and make the nails thicken.
In some cases, psoriasis also affects your joints, causing them to stiffen and swell.
There are many types of psoriasis, including:
A specific form of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, attacks your skin, nails, and joints, causing inflammation in all three. Beyond the red, scaly skin, psoriatic arthritis can also cause other symptoms, including:
It’s also associated with arthritis symptoms, including swelling, pain, and stiffness in your joints. A systemic rheumatic disease, psoriatic arthritis is known to cause inflammation in other areas, including your:
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic condition, but Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah can treat its symptoms, reducing their severity and frequency. They may recommend regular exercise and medications, and suggest at-home remedies, such as ice and elevation.
Although the causes of psoriasis are unknown, it’s believed to be an immune system disorder. When you have an outbreak of psoriasis, your body acts as though it’s fighting an infection or virus.
The body’s T cells and white blood cells, called neutrophils, attack your healthy skin cells, causing their lifecycle to accelerate.
Psoriasis is often triggered. It can start due to a variety of things like:
Some people have a greater risk of developing psoriasis. Risk factors include having a family history of psoriasis, obesity, and high-stress levels.
Dr. Nathaniel and Dr. Rebekah treat psoriasis with a goal of reducing inflammation and preventing further outbreaks. They may recommend:
If you’re tired of hiding your skin because of psoriasis, contact the specialists at Valerius Medical Group & Research Center. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book online today.
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