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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is not merely a “skin condition.” It actually develops beneath the skin. Psoriasis is a long-lasting or chronic problem of the immune system that can range from mild to severe.shutterstock 90125158 225x300 - What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis may sometimes be correlated to illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, psoriatic arthritis, and cardiovascular disease.

Suncoast Skin Solutions, led by committed board-certified dermatologist Dr. Christopher Ewanowski, provides treatments for psoriasis to patients in Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, The Villages Central Florida, Florida, and other neighborhoods and suburbs in this part of the nation.

How Psoriasis Occurs

In psoriasis, the symptoms that appear on the skin’s surface are only a part of the story. If the skin is healthy, the body takes around 28 to 30 days to generate new skin cells and shed the old cells.

When a person suffers from plaque psoriasis, the immune system becomes overactive leading to skin inflammation. This causes the skin cells to be generated more rapidly than normal. The new skin cells are pushed to the surface of the skin in three to four days rather than the standard 28 to 30 days.  

However, the body is unable to shed the new skin cells at that rapid rate. This leads to the old, dead skin cells accumulating over each other as new skin cells are being created rapidly. With the quick production of new skin cells, the old ones are pushed to the skin’s surface. This forms thick, itchy, red, and flaky patches called plaques.

However, the exact reason for the development of psoriasis is not known.

Psoriasis Types

Many people are unaware that there are various types of psoriasis. But a patient usually only has one type of the condition at a time. Every form of psoriasis has different symptoms and can appear on the skin in various ways.  

It is important to understand as well as share with other people that no matter where psoriasis is located on the body or what it appears like, it is not a contagious condition.

Plaque Psoriasis

This form of psoriasis is distinguished by elevated, swollen, red lesions that are covered by silvery white scales. Plaque psoriasis usually occurs on the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. This is the most commonly occurring form of psoriasis, and 80 percent of all psoriasis patients have this type.

Guttate Psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis usually begins in childhood or young adulthood. This form of the disease occurs as tiny, pink, individual spots on the arms, legs, and torso. These spots are typically not as thick as plaque lesions.  

Inverse Psoriasis

Inverse psoriasis develops in areas such as the groin, armpits, under the breasts as well as other skin folds around the butt and genitals. This form of psoriasis looks like bright-red lesions that are shiny and smooth.

Pustular Psoriasis

Pustular psoriasis typically occurs in adults. Its distinguishing feature is the presence of blisters of noninfectious pus surrounded by red skin. It can be localized to specific body areas such as the hands and feet, or cover a large part of the body.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

This is an especially inflammatory type of psoriasis that impacts a majority of the body’s surface. It is distinguished by the presence of periodic, widespread, red skin, and the shedding of scales in sheets.

Psoriasis and Joint Pain

If a patient has psoriasis and experiences stiffness, pain, or inflammation in and around their joints, they may be facing the symptoms of a condition related to psoriasis known as psoriatic arthritis.

The successful Dr. Ewanowski’s skin care clinic receives patients from Tampa, Brandon, Lutz, Seminole, Riverview, Brooksville, Winter Haven, Daytona Beach, Largo, St. Petersburg, Ocala, The Villages Central Florida, Florida, and nearby areas in The Sunshine State for psoriasis treatment.

SunCoast Skin Solutions Dermatology offices are located in Tampa / Hillsborough, St. Petersburg / Pinellas County, Brandon, Lutz (2 locations), Winter Haven, Largo, Riverview, Brooksville, Ocala, Largo at Bardmoor, Daytona Beach, Sarasota, and Palm Harbor, Florida. Contact us at 1-844-786-3376 or click here.

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