Psoriasis is a common skin disease triggered by a faulty immune response.
This causes the skin to grow too quickly resulting in localized or generalized areas of skin redness and thickening. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, elbows and knees although the lesions can occur anywhere. It can occur at any age but occurs more commonly in adults than children. It is not contagious!
No one knows exactly what causes psoriasis, but you are more likely to have psoriasis if other family members are affected.
What are the symptoms? The symptoms are rough, dry scaly areas of skin. Often the skin is red. Itching is usually absent but can be mild moderate or severe.
Most psoriasis occurs in patches or plaques. Sometimes small drop like lesions can develop rapidly.. This is called acute guttate psoriasis.
It can also affect the fingernails or toe nails causing them to have small pits and dents or get thick and misshapen. Some patients develop joint pains and arthritis.
Generally psoriasis improves in the summer with sun exposure and worsens in the winter when it is dry and cold. If you are have symptoms of psoriasis, contact Ginsburg Dermatology and schedule an appointment.