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Psoriasis is a common chronic skin condition that can effect the entire body. This typically presents as red patches that become thick and crusty. These areas are itchy, irritating, and a source of discomfort or pain. Over ten-million Americans suffer with this condition.

Seven Types

This inflammatory condition manifests itself is ways that range from minor to intense. Large plaque psoriasis is unsightly and makes most people who suffer from this type self-conscious. Areas can become huge and may take up the whole forearm, shin, or chest. The Guttate type can also embarrass sufferers because this appears as small pink spots that show up all over the body.

The pustular form consists of a rash that includes bumps that are filled with pus. Erythrodermic psoriasis is quite painful and most of the skin is red in color. Scalp and nail psoriasis can be indentations, discoloration, or small itchy bumps. The last type is not as visible, but is destructive. It is joint arthritis that causes joints to become inflamed and will eventually destroy the affected areas.


Experienced dermatologists, such as the team at Nashville Skin, will diagnose the specific type of psoriasis and discuss treatment options on a case by case basis. No two people suffer with the same symptoms in the same areas so there is no cookie-cutter approach that provides successful treatment. People who suspect they have this condition can find more information on the website.


Treatment for mild cases are similar to most other forms of day spas in nashville tn. Medical-grade skin care and creams, for example are typically tried first as they tend to be the most cost-effective options. Topical steroid solutions are also effective at treating psoriasis. Oral medications exist, but users may suffer from a loss of bone density. Be sure to understand the risks of any prescription recommended.

Ultraviolet (UV) phototherapy has the capacity to clear up psoriasis. Treatments do not last for long periods of time. Some begin at under three minutes one to three times a week to minimize direct exposure to UV light. No patient wants to trade psoriasis for skin cancer. If skin becomes itchy, red, or painful seek medical attention as soon as possible to begin treatment.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Problems and issues with the skin can spread quickly. While psoriasis is non-contagious, some skin conditions are contagious. Fast treatment will easy the symptoms for the patient, and protect the health of the general public.

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