What Does Psoriasis Look Like?

Taking good care of your health can start with your skin. The skin is actually the body’s largest organ. Dealing with skin issues can be very frustrating, and there are a number of skin disorders that people from all over the world suffer from. Blisters, acne, hives, rosacea, carbuncle and eczema are just a few of the more common skin disorders. On the other hand, psoriasis is one of the most talked about skin disorders in society today. This condition is basically patches of abnormal skin. This autoimmune disease affects an estimated 6.7 million Americans. When it comes to understanding this disease, skin cells tend to rapidly multiple at least 10 times faster than normal cells. The underlying cells will eventually reach the surface and die, which causes the formation of red and white scales.
 So, what exactly does this condition look like? To break things down into a better perspective, psoriasis comes in multiple appearances depending on its specific type. Plaque psoriasis, the most common form of this disease, will generally appear as raised and inflamed areas of the skin. Depending on the severity, this reddish color can be anywhere between light and dark red in appearance. The skin will also tend to have a silvery-white appearance that mimics the look of actual scales. This is where the name comes from, and the scales can be found more so around the knees, the elbows, the back, and the scalp. For the people who are heavily melanated, these areas will have a purplish appearance. If there is a persistent case of psoriasis, the flaky skin will crack and bleed. When this is the actual case, the skin’s color will be greatly enhanced.
 Pustular psoriasis will appear as raised, red bumps. The surrounding skin will also have this appearance to a certain degree, and pustules will be present sometimes. Inverse and napkin psoriasis also has the same colorful features of deep hues. Inverse psoriasis tends to be inflamed areas of patchy skin. These particular patches are typically smooth, and they can be found near skin folds. Napkin psoriasis is very common in infants. The appearance of this subtype can be mistaken for diaper rash thanks to its red papules and scaly look. Guttate psoriasis manifests in various locations on the skin’s surface. Small scales that are red and white in appearance is what you’ll find here. This particular subtype will also mimic the appearance of droplet-like legions.
If you are suffering from this condition, contact our office today for a consultation! Although this condition is not curable, we offer various treatment options to help manage the symptoms. Dermatology Center of the Rockies is conveniently located in Longmont and Estes Park, CO.

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