Psoriasis: What is it and How to Treat it?

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Jun 21, 2019

Jun 21, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

Psoriasis is actually more common than you think; 7.5 million Americans have it. Even though it is so common, many people still don't really know what it is.  Psoriasis is not your average skin condition. Keep reading for more info. 

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition where the skin cells rapidly grow and build on top of themselves. Normally skin takes a while to grow up and rise to the surface, and it falls off when it does so. With this condition though, the skin grows so fast that the skin doesn't have time to fall off.

This can cause scale-like skin. Along with the scales normally comes redness and inflammation. In some cases, the patches could even crack and start bleeding. 

Common areas for this scaling to occur is near your joints. You may find it on your elbows and near your knees. However, you could find it anywhere on your body.

Some other common areas include your neck, scalp, face, feet, and hands. In rare cases, it can even occur on your nails or in your mouth. 

What Causes It

There are different things that can end up triggering a new spot of psoriasis. These triggers can be different for everyone. They could even be different for you as time goes on.

Here are some common triggers.

Alcohol

Some people have a flare up after drinking a lot of alcohol. If you are a frequent, heavy drinker, you may notice more scale-like skin popping up.

Try reducing your alcohol intake and then monitor the condition.

Stress

Stress can also be a trigger. If you find that you are stressed out often, try doing things to relieve your stress.

Exercise and meditation are all things that can help with this. 

Injury

An injury could also trigger the disease. A simple scrape could even cause your skin to start rapidly growing. Other things that affect your skin like sunburns or shots could also do damage. 

Symptoms

If you're wondering if you have Psoriasis, you should keep an eye out for some of these symptoms.

The red, patchy, and scaly skin is a big indicator that you have a problem. If you notice a lot of dry, cracked, and bleeding skin, this could also be a sign.

If you're experiencing intense itchiness and soreness, you should see a doctor. 

Your joints could also feel stiff and swollen as well. 

How to Treat It

There are different treatment options out there if you are suffering from this condition.

If you want to try and help your skin, you could find someone who does body contouring work

Some other treatments are topical treatments, like ointments and cream. You can apply these directly to your skin. However, these are only used for mild or moderate cases. 

If you have a moderate to severe condition, you may need prescribed medications. Some of these medicines can have bad side effects, so doctors normally prescribe these as a last resort.

If you are prescribed them, you will most likely only take them for a short period of time.

Get Your Skin Back Today

If you have Psoriasis, you should seek out a doctor first.

This is a condition that can be managed if you have someone treat you for it.

So make an appointment with your doctor today!