The itchy, scaly, and painful plaques caused by psoriasis often appear between the ages of 15 and 25, but the condition can develop at any age, including in young children. With early treatment, the doctors at SkinMD can help patients get relief from their psoriasis symptoms and keep the condition in remission longer. To get expert treatment for your psoriasis, book an appointment online or call one of the offices in Chicago, Evergreen Park, Orland Park, or Skokie, Illinois.
Psoriasis Q & A
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis develops when skin cells begin to grow more rapidly than normal, causing them to build upon the skin’s surface. As the cells accumulate, they create a patch of psoriasis.
Although psoriasis can develop on any part of your body, it most often affects the face, scalp, palms, elbows, and knees. You can also develop psoriasis on the soles of your feet.
What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?
Some patients only have a few small spots of psoriasis, while others develop lesions all over their body. Symptoms vary depending on the type of psoriasis you have.
- Plaque Psoriasis: The most common form of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis appears as raised, red patches covered with dry skin or scales. These itchy, painful plaques may also crack and bleed. Plaques most often appear on your scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back.
- Guttate Psoriasis: The second most common type of psoriasis, guttate psoriasis causes small, red lesions. It often develops after a strep infection.
- Inverse Psoriasis: Inverse psoriasis appears as a red lesion in a body fold, such as under your arm or behind your knee. It may occur together with another type of psoriasis.
- Pustular Psoriasis: This type of psoriasis causes white pustules, or blisters of pus, surrounded by red skin. The pus is not due to an infection and it’s not contagious.
How is Psoriasis Treated?
The doctors at SkinMD develop a customized treatment plan, depending on the type and severity of your psoriasis. These are a few examples of the therapies that may be included in your treatment:
- Traditional Systematic Anti-Psoriatic Medications: These medications work by controlling skin cell growth or by suppressing your immune system.
- Topical Medications: Different types of topical medications may slow skin growth and reduce symptoms such as inflammation, itching, and scaling.
- Biologic Medications: Biologics target very specific parts of your immune system responsible for causing psoriasis.
- Phototherapy: The doctors at SkinMd use the XTRAC® laser to effectively treat psoriasis. This cutting-edge device emits a highly targeted beam of ultraviolet B light that clears your symptoms, prolongs remission, and restores your skin’s health.
If you develop itchy, scaly plaques, call SkinMD or book an appointment online to begin treatment to relieve your symptoms.