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When people think about the organs of their bodies, their hearts, lungs and kidneys usually come to mind. But did you know that that it’s your biggest organ? This astoundingly versatile and complicated organ can also develop problems. Psoriasis is one of them. This common disease is chronic and genetic. It’s typically cyclical wherein it will be active for a few weeks or months and then subside. Courses of treatment include oral medication, topical creams and light therapy.
While there are several versions of psoriasis, the vast majority of it is the plaque type. It presents as patches that are red and covered with thick, silvery scales in a variety of sizes. The sizes can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to widespread major outbreaks.
Psoriasis is common on the arms, legs and/or torso, but it can show up in other locations of the skin. The patches are often dry, cracked, sore and itchy. Scratching them makes them thicker.
About half of the people with plaque psoriasis also have it in their fingernails. It shows up as tiny dents, crumbling, discoloration that’s white, brown or yellow, and a buildup of skin cells under the nails that causes one or more of the nails to rise to the point of detachment.
Inverse psoriasis is another common variety of the disease. It occurs where skin touches skin, such as the genitals, armpits, the buttocks’ crease and under female breasts. Inverse psoriasis shows up as sore or painful patches that are smooth and red. There’s little, if any, silvery-white coating.
No matter which type of psoriasis affects you, the office of Dermatology for the Family will treat it using the most cutting-edge methods. From the front office to the exam room, we are committed to the dermatological health of all of our patients. You will immediately notice that our office is clean, comfortable and thoroughly sterilized. For more information about our practice and many services, please don’t hesitate to call us today!