Maiden Lane Medical
Dermatologists located in New York, NY
Because it sometimes looks like other skin conditions, psoriasis can be hard to diagnose. Our highly trained dermatologists and pathology specialists at Maiden Lane Medical in New York City can properly diagnose and treat skin conditions like psoriasis. If your skin is red and scaly and you’re uncertain of the cause, call the office or book an appointment at the midtown office to get help now.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes your skin to become red and scaly, and sometimes hot, painful, and swollen. Having psoriasis increases your risk of developing other diseases, including psoriatic arthritis, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Are there different types of psoriasis?
There are several different types of psoriasis, including:
- Plaque psoriasis — itchy, raised scaly patches that get worse when you scratch
- Guttate psoriasis — small red spots that appear on your abdomen, arms, and legs, typically after an illness
- Pustular psoriasis — pus-filled bumps that appear on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet
- Erythrodermic psoriasis — most or all of your skin turns red, and you have a hard time maintaining your temperature
- Inverse psoriasis — red, raw patches that usually occur where skin rubs against skin, such as the armpits
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the skin condition. If you think you might have erythrodermic psoriasis, you should seek medical attention immediately.
What causes psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, which means it’s an overreaction of your body to something it thinks is a danger to you. The condition itself triggers your body to produce new skin cells at an accelerated rate, causing the cells to pile up and create the scaly, raised surface on the outer layer of your skin.
You can get psoriasis at any age, but it usually appears between ages 15 and 30. While scientists are still searching for why you get psoriasis, they know it’s not contagious and there may be a genetic component. Your chances of getting psoriasis increase if you have a family member with the skin condition.
How do you treat psoriasis?
There’s no one single treatment for psoriasis. Options include topical creams, oral medication, or light therapy. Treatment might include one or all three.
After an examination and discussion, the dermatologist develops a treatment plan that fits your specific type of psoriasis to help manage symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Can psoriasis be cured?
Psoriasis is a chronic condition, and scientists are currently searching for a cure. However, advances in medicine are finding better treatments to reduce outbreaks and lessen symptoms.
If you think you have psoriasis or need treatment, call the office or book an appointment online.