Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that affects people of all ages, causing a scaly, itchy rash. Robert Ecker, MD, FAAD, Luanne Hespeler, MPAS,PA-C, and Christopher Thompson, MPAS, PA-C, at Integrated Dermatology of Groton in Groton, Connecticut, provide comprehensive care for long-term skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. For expert medical dermatology care from a skilled team, call today to book an appointment.
Most people with psoriasis have what’s called plaque psoriasis, which causes thick, scaly patches of skin that usually affect the elbows or back of the knees. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that increases skin cell production.
Usually, your skin makes new skin cells every few weeks. If you have psoriasis, your body produces new skin cells every few days, creating a pile of skin cells (plaque) that may itch.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis, but this skin condition comes in many forms. Other types include:
Inverse psoriasis affects the folded areas of the skin, like the buttocks and armpits. With this type of psoriasis, you have smooth, red patches of raw and painful skin.
Guttate psoriasis causes unexpected tiny red bumps on the skin. The bumps may cover most of the body and resolve within a few weeks.
With pustular psoriasis, you have painful pus-filled bumps. These bumps may affect any part of the body or only the hands and feet.
Erythrodermic psoriasis is a rare skin condition that causes widespread skin redness over most of the body. This type of psoriasis is potentially life-threatening and requires immediate medical care.
People with psoriasis may only have one type or several types of psoriasis. They may also have psoriatic arthritis, which is inflammation and pain of the joints.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes redness, swelling, and itching. There are many types of eczema, including atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. The skin rash may affect any area of the body but most often occurs on the face, elbows, or knees.
You can develop eczema at any age, but it most often first appears during early childhood.
The team at Integrated Dermatology of Groton customizes your psoriasis treatment plan based on type and severity. Treatments for psoriasis and eczema focus on reducing the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
Psoriasis treatments may include at-home skin care, prescription medication, or light therapy. The team schedules regular follow-ups to monitor your skin condition and adjust your plan as needed.
For expert care of your psoriasis, call Integrated Dermatology of Groton today to schedule an appointment.