Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes a rash, usually in the form of scaly and rough areas on the body. Outbreaks can be occasional or nearly constant.
The main sign of psoriasis is a rash that lingers. The rash may appear patchy and is typically red, with silver or white scales. Psoriasis is often itchy and may even cause intense discomfort. It can appear anywhere on your body, including your:
The reason that psoriasis develops is uncertain. However, it appears to be connected to a cellular issue in which your body attacks its own healthy skin cells. This triggers your body to produce additional skin cells. This excess of skin cells shows up as:
It appears that genetics and the environment may both contribute to the development of psoriasis. Patients of any age can get psoriasis, but it typically starts at either age 20-30 or 50-60. When a patient has psoriasis, there are typically certain triggers that cause outbreaks, including:
While psoriasis can be sporadic, with outbreaks occurring months or even years apart in some cases, it will almost always return if you don't get treatment. Your individualized treatment plan devised by Dr. Freeman and his team of expert Physician Assistants will focus on:
Treatments can include topical creams such as:
There are also other treatment options such as minimally invasive lasers.
Sun exposure can be helpful for psoriasis, but it must be approached with caution. If sun exposure is a good option for you, Dr. Michael J. Freeman, David Kosiorek, PA-C, Dave Runyon, PA-C, and Sue Schmeltz, PA-C will give you some guidelines for getting the benefits from the sun while minimizing your risk.