August is Psoriasis Awareness Month!
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches on the skin that are typically red, itchy, and scaly. They may vary in severity from small and localized to complete body coverage. If you feel that you or a loved one are experiencing issues with psoriasis contact one of our Board Certified Dermatologists to help find the best treatment for you!
Did you know that there are FIVE types of psoriasis?
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease. It is often raised redish patches covered with a buildup of dead skin cells (often white in color). These patches or “plaques” can appear anywhere, but are frequently seen on the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back. Plaque psoriasis can be uncomfortable caus
Guttate [GUH-tate] psoriasis spots or patches aren’t as thick as plaque psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis often starts in childhood or young adulthood, and can be triggered by a strep infection or upper respiratory infection.
Inverse psoriasis shows up as very red lesions in body folds, such as behind the knee, under the arm or in the groin. It may appear smooth and shiny. Many people have another type of psoriasis elsewhere on the body at the same time.
Pustular [PUHS-choo-lar] psoriasis in characterized by white blisters of noninfectious pus, or pustuals, surrounded by red skin. It is not an infection, nor is it contagious. Pustular psoriasis can occur on any part of the body, but occurs most often on the hands or feet.
Erythrodermic [eh-REETH-ro-der-mik] psoriasis is a severe form of psoriasis that needs to be treated as soon as possible. It can lead to widespread, fiery redness over large amounts of the body. It can cause severe itching and pain, and the skin come off in sheets. It is a very rare form of psoriasis, only occurring in approximately 3 percent of people who have psoriasis during their life time.
Images were taken from https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis
Knoxville Institute of Dermatology
Elizabeth Anderson, MD Quyn Rahman, MD Adam Wright, MD Lindsey Best, FNP
Knoxville, TN Lenoir City, TN