Psoriasis is a condition that affects the skin in various areas of the body including the scalp, nails, knees, lower back, hands, genitals, feet, face, and elbows. While there is no known cure, there are treatments that help with the symptoms of psoriasis and provide the patient with a measure of relief. In some cases, the condition will go away permanently, or recur after a number of years. Believed to be caused by a heightened immune system reaction, not everyone will experience exactly the same symptoms. If you have any of the following, we can help provide a measure of relief.
Red Patches with Severe Scaling
One of the more common symptoms of psoriasis is skin that’s red and appears to be raised in places. The scaling may be hot to the touch. Depending on the severity, it may be hard to ignore the discomfort.
Small Areas of Skin with Scales
While the skin may not be discolored, there’s still smaller patches that are scaled and cause some level of irritation. While this symptom can occur in adults, it’s more commonly associated with children who develop psoriasis.
Dry and Cracked Skin
You may not have an skin discoloration or notice any spots that are scaled over, but you do notice that your skin seems to be dry. Even though you make it a point to drink enough liquids, nothing changes. Instead, the skin is so dry that it begins to crack and bleed in certain places. Since this is one of the primary symptoms of psoriasis, you will want to see us quickly and find out if you’ve developed this condition.
Constantly Itchy Skin
Perpetually itchy skin is also one of the more common symptoms of psoriasis. If you’ve noticed that the urge to scratch your hands, arms, neck, or other areas is happening more often, the problem could be something other than the new bath soap you bought.
Ridged, Thick, or Pitted Nails
You may not think of problems with the nails as being among the symptoms of psoriasis, but this health issue can affect them. If you notice that the finger or toe nails are becoming thicker, have ridges that were not there before, or take on a pitted appearance, it may be time to see one of our physicians.
Contact Us for Further Information
There’s no need to deal with the symptoms of psoriasis by yourself. To get a proper diagnosis and learn more about this condition, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Atomic Dermatology! At our location in Pasco, WA, our welcoming and experienced staff will determine what type of treatment would work best in your case and begin the treatment immediately. Contact us today to set up your consultation!