Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which new skin cells build up on the skin’s surface to form thick patches ranging in color from white to silver to red. Your skin cells are constantly growing and then shedding off each month. When the cells grow too quickly, there is not time for the cells to shed so they begin to accumulate on the skin.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

People of any age can get psoriasis. It often occurs on the elbows, scalp, knees, feet, hands, lower back, fingernails or toenails. Symptoms can include:

  • Small red rash
  • Raised patches of scaly skin
  • Large areas of inflammation
  • Skin itchiness
  • Skin tenderness
  • Skin flakiness
  • Fingernail or toenail color changes or pitting
  • Swollen, painful joints

Possible Causes of Psoriasis

  • Genetics
  • Dry climates
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Medications
  • Overactive immune system
  • Infections
  • Dry skin
  • Skin injury

Treatment for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not contagious, but it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Treatment options for mild psoriasis may include applications of lotions, creams or shampoos as prescribed by Dr. Holy. She may also prescribe certain medications for more severe forms of psoriasis. If you have psoriasis, you should avoid alcohol, smoking and overexposure to sunlight as these habits can make symptoms worse.

To learn more about treatment for psoriasis in Phoenix contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holy.