What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. The most common type is plaque psoriasis (or psoriasis vulgaris). People with psoriasis typically get red spots and white flakes of different sizes on the elbows, inside the hands, knees, soles of the feet, on the head (hairy scalp), lower back and sometimes on the genitals. Itching or pain and joint discomfort may accompany the spots. In other types of psoriasis, red spots (psoriasis inversa), or small yellow-brown spots or spots on the nails (Psoriatic onychodystrophy) develop, especially in the folds of the body. Psoriasis guttata is an acute form in which many spots develop in a short time, usually with a throat infection as the cause.
Our New York Dermatologists can provide the right diagnosis and psoriasis treatment during a consultation. We have 4 different practices in Manhattan and Tribeca.
What causes psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition of which the exact underlying cause is unknown. The immediate cause is an overactive immune system and hereditary factors play a part. Psoriasis can improve and worsen over time.
There are some known triggers that can lead to psoriasis:
- Not enough sunlight
- Too much sun exposure
- Too much alcohol
- Bacteria or viral infections, including strep throat and upper airway infections
- Dry air or dry skin
- Damage to the skin, including cuts, burns and insect bites.
- Some medications, such as anti-malarial drugs, beta-blockers or lithium.
- Weak immune system
During a consultation at our Advanced Dermatology practice in Manhattan, Tribeca (New York), our expert, certified dermatologists can assess your type of psoriasis and determine which kind of treatment will give the best results in your specific situation.
What types of psoriasis exist?
There are multiple forms of psoriasis and each form has its own specific characteristics
1- Plaque Psoriasis. The skin cells accumulate, forming silvery-white scales.
2- Pustular Psoriasis. In Pustular Psoriasis, blisters of pus, which are not infectious, appear on the skin. This type of psoriasis can be triggered by stress, exposure to specific chemicals, infections or medications.
3- Guttate Psoriasis. In Guttate Psoriasis little teardrop shaped lacerations appear on the skin. This type of psoriasis is commonly triggered by upper respiratory infections such as streptococcus.
4- Inverse Psoriasis. Red, smooth patches appear in the folds of skin in the genital area, under breasts or in the armpits. Friction and sweat may exacerbate this condition.
5- Erythrodermic Psoriasis. This condition involves reddening and scaling of the skin throughout the body. It can be a reaction to extreme sunburn, specific medications, or an extended case of psoriasis that was inadequately cared for.
Psoriasis treatment in Tribeca, New York, Manhattan
For more information about our psoriasis treatments, fill out the form below or call us at 718-857-7070 to schedule your consultation with one of our highly trained New York dermatologist. We provide our psoriasis consultations in Tribeca, Manhattan, New York.
ADDITIONAL PSORIASIS LOCATIONS
Outside the Tribeca, Manhattan area we also offer psoriasis treatments and consultations at our other practices in New York and New Jersey:
- Psoriasis Bayside, Queens
- Psoriasis Upper East Side, Manhattan
- Psoriasis Ossining, Westchester
- Psoriasis Roslyn Heights,
- Psoriasis Commack, Suffolk County
- Psoriasis Ridgewood, Bergen County, NJ
- Psoriasis Fresh Meadows, Queens
- Psoriasis Upper West Side, NYC
- Psoriasis Briarcliff
- Psoriasis West Islip, Long Island
- Psoriasis East Setauket,
- Psoriasis Summit, Union County, NJ
- Psoriasis Bellmore, Nassau County