An estimated 2% of people have some form of psoriasis, a common skin disorder. The most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, with 80-90% of psoriasis cases falling into this group. Psoriasis is a type of autoimmune skin disorder that causes the skin to make too many new skin cells. This can result in patches of dry or itchy skin. Our dermatology team at LM Medical NYC offers advanced options for psoriasis treatment at our state-of-the-art facility in Manhattan.
Psoriasis is not a contagious disease. Genetic factors can put you at higher risk for contracting this skin disorder, as the disease tends to run in families. Except for one form of childhood psoriasis, most people will have psoriasis for life once they have an outbreak for the first time. There is not a cure, but there are psoriasis treatments that can control outbreaks and offer relief for symptoms.
Psoriasis Triggers and Symptoms
The first episode of psoriasis is usually brought on by a trigger. A wound to the skin, stress, anxiety, strep throat infection and even weather changes can trigger the first outbreak. Plaque psoriasis is the most common and has the following symptoms:
- Patches of thick, dry skin (plaques)
- A white, scaly coating over plaques
- Elbows, knees, scalp and lower back are common areas for psoriasis plaques
- Plaques and patches can vary in size and location
- Plaques are itchy
Other types of psoriasis can target the genitals, nails or joints, but these forms are rarer. Some forms of psoriasis can be life threatening, which is why treatment from a board certified dermatologist is recommended.
Treatments for psoriasis can include topical medications, light therapy and other medications. The type of treatment depends on the form and severity of psoriasis. To learn more about psoriasis treatment, contact us at LM Medical NYC to schedule a consultation with our dermatologist.