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Psoriasis

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What Is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that accelerates the growth of skin cells. This is a result of rapid accumulation of cells on the skin’s surface leading to the formation of thick, silvery scales, and often accompanied by redness and inflammation.

It can appear on various parts of the body and may cause itching, discomfort and in some cases, pain.  The severity of psoriasis can vary widely, with some individuals experiencing only mild, small patches, while others may have extensive and more severe involvement.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, which means it can flare up unexpectedly and there is no cure. The exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, it is believed to be related to a combination of genetic, immune system, and environmental factors. While there is no cure, various treatments, including topical creams, oral medications, light therapy, and biologic injections, can effectively manage and control psoriasis symptoms.

Different Types of Psoriasis

Psoriasis comes in several different types, each with its own different characteristics. The main types of psoriasis include:

Plaque Psoriasis

This is the most common form of psoriasis with 80-90% of people having it. It shows red patches covered with silvery-white scales. These patches can appear anywhere on the body but are often found on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.

Guttate Psoriasis

This type often starts in childhood or young adulthood. It presents as small, red, scaly spots that resemble drops of water. Guttate psoriasis is often triggered by bacterial infections, like strep throat.

Inverse Psoriasis:

This type appears as smooth, red patches in areas where the skin folds, such as the armpits, groin, under the breasts, and around the genitals. It may be aggravated by friction and sweating. It causes thin plaques without scales.

Pustular Psoriasis:

This rare form is noticed by pus-filled blisters surrounded by red skin. It can occur in many areas of the body or be more widespread. Pustular psoriasis can be painful and may require medical attention.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis:

This is a severe and rare type that affects large areas of the body. It causes intense redness, peeling, and shedding of the skin in sheets. Erythrodermic psoriasis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment.

Psoriatic Arthritis:

While not a skin-only type, some individuals with psoriasis develop joint inflammation and pain, known as psoriatic arthritis. This can lead to joint damage if left untreated.

Nail Psoriasis:

Psoriasis can also affect the nails, causing pitting, discoloration, thickening, and separation from the nail bed.

How We Treat Psoriasis at Luminate