Seeking dermatologist advice on psoriasis in Fort Collins? We are here to help!
Psoriasis symptoms can vary among individuals but may include one or more of the following: red patches of skin covered with silvery scales, small scaling spots (commonly seen in children(, dry/cracked skin that may bleed, itching/burning/soreness, thick/pitted/ridged nails, and/or swollen and stiff joints.
Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of scaling that resembles dandruff to major eruptions that cover large areas. Typically, psoriasis goes through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a while or even going into total remission.
There are several types of psoriasis, including:
-Plaque psoriasis is the most common form. It looks like dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales. The plaques might itch or be painful, and can occur anywhere on your body. There may be just a few plaques or many.
-Nail psoriasis can affect fingernails and toenails, and may cause putting, abnormal nail growth, and discoloration. Affected nails may become loose and separate from the nail bed, or may cause the nail to crumble.
-Scalp psoriasis appears as itchy, red areas with silvery-white scales, which often extend beyond the hairline. They may cause flakes of dead skin in your hair or on your shoulders, particularly after scratching your scalp.
-Guttate psoriasis primarily affects young adults and children, and is usually triggered by a bacterial infection like strep throat. It is marked by small water drop shaped sores on the trunk, arms, legs and scale, covered by a fine scale. There may be just a single outbreak that goes away on its own, or there may be repeated episodes.
-Inverse psoriasis mainly affects the skin in the armpits, groin, breast areas, and around genitals. It causes smooth patches of red, inflamed skin, which are worsened by friction and sweating. It may be triggered by fungal infections.
-Pustular psoriasis is an uncommon form of psoriasis that can occur in widespread patches or smaller areas on hands, feet, and fingertips. Typically, it develops quickly with pus filled blisters appearing only hours after skin becomes red and tender. Blisters may come and go frequently, and may also be accompanied by fever, chills, severe itching, and diarrhea.
-Erythodermic psoriasis is the least common kind of psoriasis. It may cover your entire body with a red, peeling rash that itches or burns intensely.
-Psoriatic arthritis comes with inflamed, scaly skin and pitted, discolored nails, plus the swollen, painful joints that are typical of arthritis. Symptoms may be anywhere from mild to severe, and any joint can be affected. It isn’t normally as crippling as other kinds of arthritis, but it may in the worst cases lead to permanent deformity.
If you suspect you may have a form of psoriasis, see your doctor for an exam. Then come to us for a recommended treatment plan to achieve your goals in health and wellness- we’ll get started with a free consultation!