August is psoriasis awareness month, so let’s discuss this skin condition and what might be some indications that you may have it, and how to proceed.  

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that causes inflammation in the skin and scaly rashes that develop in areas like the torso, elbows, knees, and scalp. Psoriasis is not contagious, so you cannot catch it from someone else. It is a chronic condition that can flare up without warning, go into remission temporarily, or go away permanently. The rashes can make people uncomfortable and sometimes painful. 

What are some triggers that cause flare-ups of Psoriasis?

Some things that can trigger a flare-up are a recent illness, stress, irritants, allergens, and alcohol. Certain medications can trigger an outbreak as well as changes in weather temperatures. 

Who is at risk of developing Psoriasis?

Anyone can get psoriasis anytime, but it is more common in certain age groups. Psoriasis tends to run in families, but it may skip generations. 

What are the different types of Psoriasis?

Plaque Psoriasis is the most common type and the one most people typically have. It looks like raised red scaly patches on the arms, legs, trunk, elbows, and knees. 

Inverse Psoriasis comes with inflammation in patches in the skin and develops in the skin folds on breasts or the groin area, and the plaque is not as thick.

Nail Psoriasis can discolor the nail and give abnormal nail growth on fingernails and toenails. It may only be one nail or all of them.

Guttate Psoriasis frequently affects young adults and children and may come about after a sore throat caused by a strep infection. It looks like small, red, scaly spots. 

Pustular Psoriasis is pus-filled blisters that can occur on areas of the feet or hands. 

Erythrodermic Psoriasis is the least common type of psoriasis that affects a large area of your skin almost entirely. It causes skin discoloration and a peeling rash that can cause a burning sensation. 

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

A small percentage of people that have psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis, which affects the joints and tissues. This type of arthritis causes stiffness in the hands, feet, lower back, and knees, especially in the morning. If you already have psoriasis and feel some of these symptoms, book an appointment with your dermatologist. 

In what areas of the body can I find Psoriasis?


Fingernails and Toenails

Lower back

Elbows and knees

Palms and feet 


What can I do to help my psoriasis symptoms?

There is no cure for psoriasis, but many ways exist to manage symptoms, like creams, oral tablets, medicated shampoos, and natural sunlight. It’s important to remember to keep wearing your sunscreen if you choose to try sunlight as an option. Finding ways to manage stress in your life can also help anyone who gets stress-induced psoriasis. 

Final thoughts

Everyone will have a different experience in treating their psoriasis symptoms. Your symptoms and treatment may differ from someone you know who has psoriasis. It’s important to discuss all your questions with your doctor. A consultation will help you decide which products to treat your skin concerns. 

Have questions? I’m here to help! 


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