Psoriasis

Melrose Park Immediate Care

Internists & Rheumatology located in Melrose Park, IL

Psoriasis is a skin condition that can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, however, Gowhar Khan, MD, of Melrose Place Immediate Care offers ongoing support and effective treatment for psoriasis sufferers in the Melrose Place, Illinois, area and the surrounding community. If you have this challenging chronic skin condition, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Psoriasis

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes an overgrowth of skin cells. Skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin, causing patches dry, red, itchy patches that may crack and bleed. Psoriasis isn't contagious, so you don’t have to worry about infecting another person.

While psoriasis can develop anywhere on your body, it most commonly affects the:

  • Face
  • Scalp
  • Palms
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Back

There are multiple forms of psoriasis, which differ in severity and defining characteristics of the psoriatic lesions that develop on the skin. The cause of psoriasis is most often a combination of genetics and external factors that trigger the body to produce skin cells more rapidly than usual.

What are the different types of psoriasis?

There are five different forms of psoriasis, which may vary in severity over time, depending on your exposure to triggers. Symptoms may progressively worsen over time, and you may have periods where your psoriasis doesn't bother you at all.

Different types of psoriasis include:

Plaque psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form, which most often causes red, itchy, raised, dry, scaly lesions on the scalp, legs, arms, and back.

Guttate psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis is the second most common form, which is triggered by the strep infection and causes small, red lesions all over the body.

Inverse psoriasis

Inverse psoriasis causes red, smooth, shiny lesions in folds of the skin, such as behind the knee, under the arm, or in the groin area. It is not uncommon to have other types of psoriasis along with inverse psoriasis.

Pustular psoriasis

Pustular psoriasis causes an accumulation of white blood cells, which appears as white pustules surrounded by reddened skin. Most often, this type of psoriasis develops on the hands or feet.

Erythrodermic psoriasis

Erythrodermic psoriasis is uncommon and causes a red, itchy, peeling, and burning rash over the whole body.

About 30% of men and women with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is joint pain caused by the same immune response that produces psoriatic lesions.

What are common triggers for psoriasis?

If you have psoriasis, there are specific triggers that cause an increase in the severity of your symptoms, called a flare-up.  Some common triggers of a flare of psoriasis include:

  • Stress
  • Injury to the skin
  • Extreme weather
  • Some medications
  • Infections, including strep infection
  • Allergies, environmental or food

An essential part of your treatment plan is determining what your specific triggers may be and avoiding them. Dr. Khan and the team at Melrose Park Immediate Care can help. Other treatments include oral or injected medications, topical medications, dietary changes, and light therapy.

For an expert evaluation and personalized treatment plan of your psoriasis, call or schedule an appointment online with Melrose Place Immediate Care today.