Psoriasis is a persistent skin disorder in which there are red, thickened areas with silvery scales, most often on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.
Some cases of Psoriasis are so mild that people don't even know they have it. Severe psoriasis may cover large areas of the body. Our physicians can help even in the most severe cases.
Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be passed from one person to another, but it is most likely to occur in members of the same family. In the United States two out of every hundred people have Psoriasis. Normally, the skin replaces itself in about 30 days, but in Psoriasis, the process speeds up and replaces the skin in three to four days, and the signs of Psoriasis develop.
What Causes Psoriasis?
The cause is unknown. However, recent discoveries point to an abnormality in the functioning of special white cells which trigger inflammation and the immune response in the skin. Because of the inflammation, the skin grows too rapidly. People often notice new spots 10 to 14 days after the skin is cut, scratched, rubbed, or severely sunburned. Psoriasis can also be activated by infections, such as strep throat, and by certain medicines (beta blockers, lithium, etc.) Flare-ups sometimes occur in the winter, as a result of dry skin and lack of sunlight.
Types of Psoriasis
Psoriasis comes in many different forms. Each differs in severity, duration, location, shape, and pattern of the scales. The most common form, called plaque psoriasis, begins with little red bumps. Gradually, these become larger, and scales form. While the top scales flake off easily and often, scales below the surface stick together. These small red areas can become enlarged.
Listed below are areas on your body where psoriasis may occur:
- Scalp, elbows, knees, legs, arms, genitals, nails, palms, and soles are the area most commonly affected in the same place on both sides of the body.
- Scalp psoriasis may be mistaken for dandruff.
- Nails with psoriasis frequently have tiny pits in them. Nails may loosen, thicken, or crumble, and are difficult to treat.
- Inverse psoriasis occurs in the armpit, under the breasts, and in skin folds around the groin, buttocks, and genitals.
- Guttate psoriasis usually affects young boys and girls and teenagers. It often starts after a sore throat with many small, red, scaly spots appearing on the skin.
Brighton Dermatology is conveniently located in Mid Michigan and serves all of Michigan including; Brighton, Howell, Novi, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Wixom, Walled Lake, Milford, Farmington Hills, South Lyon, Northville and all other cities in Mid Michigan and the Greater Metro Detroit areas.
Please call 810-220-4422 to schedule a Psoriasis consultation appointment or to inquire about any other treatments performed at Brighton Dermatology and Regenesis. Feel free to contact us by email here.