Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common genetic skin condition that affects a large portion of the population. Psoriasis causes cells to build up on skin, forming scales and red patches that can be painful and itchy. Additionally, as our medical understanding of psoriasis increases, we know that psoriasis can affect more than just the skin, including the joints, blood vessels and various other body systems.

There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are various treatment options available to manage your skin  and joint symptoms. Treatment is often centered around halting inflammation in the body.

Do I have psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic disease, generally characterized by red, itchy patches of skin on different parts of the body.

Although different forms of psoriasis carry different symptoms, general signs of psoriasis include:

  • Small, scaling spots or large scaling patches
  • Itching, burning and soreness
  • Swollen or stiff joints
  • Thickened or pitted nails

Psoriasis symptoms can appear for months at a time and then subside (or even go into remission). Some psoriasis is persistently present.

 

Psoriatic arthritis, which occurs when psoriasis affects the joints, is a condition that causes swollen, painful joints typical of arthritic symptoms. Psoriatic arthritis should be addressed as soon as possible as it can cause permanent joint damage if not treated.

When to see your doctor

Psoriasis can significantly affect the quality of life and symptoms can be persistent if left untreated. Seek medical advice if you:

  • Experience new onset of a skin rash
  • Have stopped responding to topical treatments
  • Become concerned about the appearance of your skin
  • Have issues with your joints, including swelling, pain or difficulty performing routine tasks

Seek advice from Dermatology of Athens

With effective treatment and guidance, you don’t need to live with psoriasis symptoms. Dermatology of Athens is trained on cutting edge treatments for psoriasis, and we can provide comprehensive and compassionate care for your skin needs. 

 

To discuss your psoriasis (or ask questions), give us a call at 706-353-8220 or email us at info@dermathens.com. We can’t wait to care for your skin!