Psoriasis is a common condition that causes itchy, sore, or otherwise unpleasant patches to grow on your skin. The expert team at Loucas Dermatology in New York City offers the most advanced medical treatments for psoriasis at their office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. If you suffer from psoriasis and need treatment, call or book an appointment online today.
Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease that involves unusually rapid growth of skin cells. Normally, it takes a month for your skin cells to develop and reach the surface. But when you have psoriasis, this process occurs in mere days. Your body doesn’t shed these skin cells, causing them to pile up and create patches of red, itchy, scaly, or sore skin to appear.
Although these patches may appear contagious, they aren’t. You can’t get psoriasis from touching someone who’s experiencing a psoriasis flare-up. Psoriasis is a genetic condition that may run in your family.
Psoriasis may worsen in certain situations, such as:
There are five types of psoriasis that cause different symptoms. It’s possible to experience more than one type, or change types over time.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease. It causes red, raised patches of skin that may be covered with silvery scales. These plaques most commonly appear on your scalp, knees, elbows, or lower back.
Guttate psoriasis is the second-most common type of psoriasis, affecting about 10% of psoriasis patients. It’s characterized by the appearance of small red spots or lesions on your skin.
Inverse psoriasis causes shiny red lesions to appear in your body folds, such as behind the knees or under your armpits.
Pustular psoriasis causes pus-filled blisters surrounded by red skin. While it may look like an infection, it isn’t.
Erythrodermic psoriasis is the most severe form of psoriasis. It leads to a fiery, red rash that may cover most of your body. Flare-ups of erythrodermic psoriasis can cause severe pain and itching and should be treated as a medical emergency. Only about 3% of psoriasis patients experience this type of the disease at any point in their lifetime.
First, the team at Loucas Dermatology performs a physical exam to determine the type of psoriasis you have. Because psoriasis can look like other skin conditions, such as eczema, they may examine a small skin sample under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.
They tailor your treatment based on the specific type of psoriasis you have and the severity of your symptoms. Treatment often starts with topical therapies such as ointments and creams.
If your condition doesn’t improve, your doctor at Loucas Dermatology may recommend medications you take orally, such as methotrexate or cyclosporine. They also offer new and highly effective biologic injections, including StelaraⓇ, HumiraⓇ, and EnbrelⓇ.
To discover a psoriasis treatment that works for you, call Loucas Dermatology or book an appointment online today.