This month, we celebrate Psoriasis Awareness. This celebration aims to bring awareness to enlighten the public about this condition. It is important that we understand its causes, triggers, and treatment methods.
It is important that we spread knowledge and information regarding psoriasis. People who suffer from this condition should be given a platform to share their stories and hear stories of another person experiencing similar situation with them.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that affects the skin cells. The buildup of cells causes scaling on the skin’s surface, with bumpy red patches. They can grow on any part of the body, but they usually appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. This condition is not contagious and can’t be passed from person to person.
Psoriasis usually appears during adolescent years. In most cases, they only appear in small areas. But for severe cases, they appear in large areas of the body.
There are several types of psoriasis, which includes:
- Plaque psoriasis – this is the most common type of psoriasis caused by dry, itchy raised skin patches covered with scales.
- Nail psoriasis – can affect fingernails and toenails, causing pitting, abnormal nail growth and discoloration.
- Guttate psoriasis – this condition affects young adults and children, usually triggered by a bacterial infection
- Inverse psoriasis – this type mainly affects the skin folds of the breasts, groin, or buttocks.
- Pustular psoriasis – this is a rare type of psoriasis, causing pus-filled blisters
- Erythrodermic psoriasis – this is least common type of psoriasis, covering the body with peeling rash that can burn or itch intensely
If you suspect that you or someone you love may have psoriasis, contact and consult your dermatologist immediately. Also seek medical advice if your condition:
· Becomes severe
· Causes discomfort and pain
· Doesn’t improve even with treatment plans in place
No one really knows the exact cause for psoriasis. But it has something to do with the immune system causing inflammation, triggering for new cells to grow quickly. Normally, the skin cells are replaced every 10 to 30 days. But with psoriasis, the skin cells grow every 3 to 4 days.
Things that can trigger flare ups of psoriasis can include:
· Cuts, surgery, or scrapes
· Emotional stress
· Strep infections
· Medications including blood pressure medications, mood stabilizer, antibiotics, and NSAIDS
Psoriasis triggers include:
- Skin Trauma
- Genetic Predisposition
- Endocrine Disorders
Psoriasis has no cure, but available treatments aim to:
- Reduce inflammation and scales
- Slow growth of skin cells
- Remove plaques
Treatment for psoriasis fall into three categories:
- Topical treatment – creams and ointment are applied directly to the affected skin
- Systemic medications – these are for people with moderate psoriasis and for those who have not responded well to other treatment types
- Light therapy – this treatment uses ultraviolet (UV) to natural light to kill the overactive white blood cells that are attacking the healthy skin cells
Everyone is encouraged to join in and engage with the community and help raise funds for the advancement of research of psoriasis.
Having psoriasis can be very challenging at times. But with the right medications, flare ups can be reduced. Proper health management is a great help in managing this condition. At Doral Health and Wellness, our team of specialist are the best dermatologists in Brooklyn. We aim to help you manage your condition. To book an appointment, please visit us at or call 718-DORAL-55.