World Psoriasis Day has been celebrated on October 29th for more than a decade with the goal of supporting those living with psoriasis as well as educating others about the condition.
As people become increasingly aware of how psoriasis looks and feels, they may be more likely to recognize symptoms in themselves and wonder: Do I have psoriasis? If you believe that you have psoriasis, continue reading to learn all about its causes, triggers, and symptoms.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that manifests on the skin. But despite its dermatologic presentation, psoriasis is much more than a skin disorder. It is actually rooted in the immune system and caused by excess inflammation.
Do I Have Psoriasis?
If you are wondering – Do I have psoriasis? – it’s important to first gain a better understanding of psoriasis symptoms. The most common psoriasis symptom is silvery, red, itchy, flaky, raised, or inflamed patches or plaques on the hands, feet, neck, scalp, or face.
You should also look out for other signs of psoriasis such as:
- Dry skin that may crack and bleed
- Soreness around patches
- Itching and burning sensations around patches
- Thick, pitted nails
- Painful, swollen joints
These symptoms may wax and wane and can be triggered by certain medications, stress, alcohol, injury, and infection.
What Causes Psoriasis?
In addition to asking – Do I have psoriasis? – many patients want to know what causes psoriasis. While researchers haven’t identified an exact cause of psoriasis, they believe it is the result of an overactive immune system and excess inflammation. These two factors lead to the rapid proliferation of skin cells, which accumulate on the skin’s surface and form plaques and patches.
Wondering If You Have Psoriasis?
The best way to determine if you have psoriasis is to schedule an in-person evaluation with a board-certified dermatologist. Please call our office today to make an appointment with board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon Dr. Johnathan L. Chappell.