What Exactly Is Psoriasis, the Condition That Causes Irritating Itchy, Scaly Rashes?
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system of the body to attack healthy tissue, most commonly near the joints.
This reaction induces rapid skin cell growth, causing raised red patches of dead skin that appear as silver scales. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, the symptoms can be alleviated with treatment. Types of treatment are determined by the severity of symptoms.
There are several types of psoriasis with the most common being plaque psoriasis with the trademark red patchy scales near the joints. Psoriasis can be severe enough that the entire body is covered in a peeling, itchy painful rash called erythrodermic psoriasis.
Do I Have Psoriasis? What Are the Symptoms?
The more common signs of psoriasis are sore, dry, cracked skin patches that have an intense itching and / or burning sensation. The majority of patients describe psoriasis as if they are being stung by fire ants.
Swollen and stiff joints are also common depending on the level of severity.
What Causes Psoriasis?
The most prevalent of causes are family history, bacterial or viral infections, vitamin deficiencies, stress, and obesity.
Other factors also include smoking and / or alcohol abuse or skin injuries, such as severe burns or trauma.
Do I Have Psoriasis or Eczema?
Both psoriasis and eczema can have similar appearances. The main differences are that eczema presents with oozing and crustiness. The itching sensation is severe enough to cause bleeding from continual and excessive scratching.
How Can I Stop This Intense Itching and Eliminate the Unsightly Rash for Clear, Calm Skin?
Asking yourself “Do I have psoriasis?” If you do, don’t worry! Relief can be found at Acworth Dermatology.
The providers of Acworth Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center have the experience and training that will ensure that our patients receive exceptional and supportive psoriasis treatment.
For an appointment with compassionate psoriasis care physician, Dr. Johnathan Langston Chappell call us today at 678-505-8030!