Psoriasis is a disease that is characterized by inflammation caused by dysfunction of the immune system. The immune system becomes overacting, creating inflammation and a buildup of excess skin cells. Typically your skin cells grow and fall off over a month. Psoriasis goes through this process in less than a week and instead of the skin cells falling off they pile up. You may notice these patches have an itchy/burning sensation.
Psoriasis is most commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back but can cover any part of the body including the genitals.
Psoriasis typically starts off as a little red bump that grows and forms scales. If the scales are irritated they may bleed. Avoid scratching as your nails may create larger cracks. Most rashes tend to heal on their own but if the rash doesn’t go away, consider psoriasis and visit your doctor.
There are numerous excellent and highly effective treatments for psoriasis. Common treatments include topical medications, phototherapy, and injected medications known as Biologics that can completely clear psoriasis.