This chronic disease can develop when a patient’s immune system begins to send faulty signals which cause skin cells to grow too rapidly. The body can’t shed the excess cells, so instead they pile up skin’s surface, causing patches of psoriasis to occur. Psoriasis patches are usually red and have coarse silvery or white scaling. Although patches can be small, sometimes they grow to cover much larger areas. The scalp, elbows, and knees are the most common areas for symptoms to appear, although psoriasis can occur anywhere on your skin.
Types of Psoriasis
These are the common types of psoriasis:
Psoriasis cannot be contracted by touching someone who has the condition. Genetic factors largely determine whether psoriasis will occur, however it frequently appears in patients without family history of the condition.
Treatment for Psoriasis
The treatment plan we recommend can use ointments, lotions, or creams to suppress and control your patches. We would be happy to give you a full consultation to diagnose and customize a treatment plan that fits your specific needs.
Contact Pittsburgh’s top dermatologists at the Golla Center for Dermatology today to get a full exam and treatment consultation for your psoriasis.