Understanding Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a very common skin condition that causes the skin cells to produce quickly, thus leading to more build up on the skin. Usually, this makes the skin look scaly where the psoriasis is affecting it. With this build up, red patches and itchiness are common. 


There isn’t just one type of psoriasis though. 


  • Plaque psoriasis. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis. It causes dry, raised, red skin abrasions (plaques) covered with white scales. The plaques tend to be itchy and sometimes painful.They can occur anywhere on the  body. 
  • Nail psoriasis. Psoriasis can affect fingernails and toenails. The most common symptoms include abnormal nail growth, tiny holes forming on the nail, and  discoloration. In some cases, the nail bed may separate and fall off. Harsher cases may lead to the nail disintegrate.
  • Guttate psoriasis. This type of psoriasis usually affects children and young adults. It’s mainly brought on by a bacterial infection, like strep throat. It’s often noticed by  the small scaly abrasisions on the arms, legs and scalp.
  • Inverse psoriasis. This primarily affects the skin in the armpits, in the groin, under the breasts and around the genitals. Inverse psoriasis causes smooth areas of red, inflamed skin that become more aggravated with friction and sweating.
  • Pustular psoriasis. This form of psoriasis isn’t very common, but can occur in various patches or in smaller sections on hands, feet or fingertips.
    An aggressive form of psoriasis, this form can lead to blisters filled with pus developing hours after the skin becomes red. 
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis. One of the least common types of psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, may cover the entire body with a red, peeling rash that tends to burn and itch. 
  • Psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis causes swollen, painful joints that are typical of arthritis while also producing red and scaly skin.


If at any moment you believe you are experiencing any of the symptoms commonly associated with psoriasis, contact a dermatologist to find out your best course of action. Radiant Skin NYC does offer services to treat psoriasis. Come in for a consultation to manage your psoriasis.