Psoriasis | Diagnosis and Treatment

Psoriasis often appear on the elbow, knee, back, face, feet, and/or scalp in the form of core or itchy patches of red skin with silvery scales. Psoriasis can also appear on other parts of the body and some patients having psoriasis also contract a type of arthritis named psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriasis is fundamentally triggered by issue in your immune system. It is pertinent to mention here that normally skin cells which grow in your skin gradually rise to the surface over a prior of about a month. However, in patients having psoriasis this process occurs in just few days because your immune system causes your cells to grow extremely fast.

This skin condition is sometimes very hard to diagnose because it’s symptoms appear like other skin conditions. It is highly recommended that you go for a dermatological consultation session with a board certified dermatologist to get your condition diagnosed. Your dermatologist may require a tiny skin sample to see under a microscope to properly diagnose if you have psoriasis.

Symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Appearance of red patches, covered with silvery scales on the skin
  • Emergence of scaling spots on the skin
  • Cracked, dry and bleeding skin
  • Itching, burning or soreness in the skin
  • Ridged, tick nails
  • Inflammation and stifness in joints

Sometime psoriasis can take longer to go away, sometime even a lifetime. Psoriasis can also be intermittent – symptoms can come and go. Other factors that make psoriasis worst include:

  •    Skin infections
  •    Stress
  •    Dry skin condition
  •    Certain medications

Psoriasis often occurs in adults and sometimes it is hereditary. There are several treatment options for psoriasis, including the use of medicines, creams, laser treatment and other therapies. Our lead dermatologists, Dr. Shumaila, would be in a better position to diagnose and treat your psoriasis.

Book a consultation with Dr. Shumaila today!