Psoriasis is an unpredictable and irritating skin disorder that baffles scientists and researchers around the globe. Why? The skin cells in psoriasis can multiply up to 10 times faster than normal, healthy skin cells. While the skin cells of psoriasis multiply, the underlying cells begin to die. Their sheer volume is what causes the red plaques covered with white scales.

Psoriasis has been seen on both adults and children and typically occurs on the elbows, scalp and knees. However, it is not unheard of to see psoriasis affect the palms, soles of the feet and torso. Depending on the type of psoriasis you have (plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular or erythrodermic), will determine the types of symptoms you experience. Nonetheless, plaque psoriasis is the most common.

Symptoms of plaque psoriasis include:

  1. Plaques of red skin which are often covered with loose, silver-colored scales. The lesions may be painful and itchy which can occasionally result in cracking and bleeding. In more severe cases, plaques can grow and merge into one another, covering larger areas of the body.
  2. Plaques of crust or scales on the scalp.
  3. Disorders of the toenails and fingernails, including pitting and discoloration of the nail. These nails may begin to crumble and even detach from the nail bed.

Our leading dermatologists in Boulder offer psoriasis treatments!

There are different types of treatments available for psoriasis. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are many topical treatments. Treatments include salicylic acid, steroid-based creams, calcipotriene ointment, coal-tar ointments and shampoos and prescriptions retinoids. Learn about treatment options available for your psoriasis when you contact a dermatologist at Azeal Dermatology Institute in Boulder today!