Assessing Types of Psoriasis Conditions Responsible for Discomfort

Psoriasis on elbowWith many age-related skin conditions such as brown spots and wrinkles, we want to speed up the process of cell turnover that slows as we age or as we are exposed to the sun’s rays. With psoriasis, we want to slow the cell turnover responsible for this painful, itchy condition.

As blood flow increases to nourish the buildup of skin, psoriasis is manifested as redness, swelling and inflammation, as well as white or silver-looking flaky crusts of dead cells on the skin’s surface.

These symptoms are often present on the knees. Patches on the knees are also indicative of the most common form of the disease, plaque, or psoriasis vulgaris. Around 80 percent of those with psoriasis have these scaly crusts or plaques.

Aside from the knees, you may also have plaques on the elbows, lower back, scalp, face, palms, and soles of the feet.

Some individuals may barely notice inflammation on the knees. Others may find the condition so uncomfortable and embarrassing that social events, sports and other activities are avoided.

Other types of psoriasis, such as guttate, resemble chicken pox-like spots and are usually associated with other parts of the body outside of the knees, such as the arms, legs, face, and ears. Inverse psoriasis is associated with other parts of the body, specifically those moist areas where the skin folds, such as under the breasts or the armpits. Pustular psoriasis is more commonly noted with the hands and feet.

One complication of unstable plaque psoriasis is erythrodermic psoriasis. Your knees may become so inflamed they look as if they were burnt in a fire. This fiery redness is dangerous, because it throws off the body’s chemistry and, in turn, erythrodermic psoriasis requires prompt medical attention.

Psoriatic arthritis affects about 15 percent of those with psoriasis. This condition attacks the joints and the skin.

Treatments vary by the type of condition, and can go a long way to prevent serious complications and ease the frequently painful and uncomfortable psoriasis symptoms.

Topical – With or without steroids, these medications are often the first choice to slow cell growth and reduce inflammation

Systemic – These oral or injectable prescription drugs work throughout the body and are used for moderate to severe cases, as well as those with psoriatic arthritis

Phototherapy – Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery staff can apply targeted UV light in a controlled environment to treat your symptoms

The center’s team may make lifestyle recommendations to properly manage and reduce the effects of psoriasis by reducing smoking, stress, and alcohol use. Combination treatments may also be recommended.

There is no need to live with psoriasis on the knees in Plano, TX anymore. Contact your local dermatological specialist team at 972-985-9003 to schedule an appointment.

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