Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology Drs. Iacobelli & Di Gregorio, P.C.  Clinton, MI, Troy, Chesterfield

(586) 263 7200 Eastridge Center 16510 19 Mile Road Clinton Twp., MI 48038

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Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition that involves a rapid production of skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and form scales, patches and other unwanted symptoms. Over seven million people in the US are affected by psoriasis, including men, women, and children of all ages.

This condition develops as a result of an autoimmune disorder, in which skin cells replace themselves every three to four days, rather than every 30 days, creating a buildup of cells and causing symptoms to develop on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. While there is no cure currently available for this chronic condition, there are several treatment options available to effectively relieve the symptoms of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is caused by an immune system disorder involving a type of white blood cell called a T lymphocyte or T cell. While these T cells usually travel through the body to fight off viruses and other foreign substances, in patients with psoriasis they attack healthy skin cells instead, causing an increased production of healthy skin cells and more T cells that build up on the surface of the skin and cause the scaling and patches associated with this condition.

The symptoms of psoriasis can worsen as a result of certain triggers, which may include:

  • Infections
  • Injury to the skin
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain medications
  • Patients can prevent a flare up of symptoms by avoiding these triggers.

There are five different types of psoriasis, each causing different symptoms. While patients usually only have one type of psoriasis at any given time, another type can appear once the first has cleared. The five types include:

Plaque psoriasis – the most common type of psoriasis that affects about 80 percent of psoriasis patients, causing raised red lesions that are covered with silvery white scales, usually appearing on the elbows, knees, scalp and back.

Guttate psoriasis – usually begins during childhood or early adulthood and causes small red spots to appear on the skin of the torso, arms and legs as a result of a bacterial infection such as strep throat.

Inverse psoriasis – develops within the armpits, groin, under the breasts or other skin folds causing bright red lesions as a result of irritation from rubbing and sweating. This is most common in overweight patients.

Pustular psoriasis – causes white blisters filled with pus surrounded by red areas of skin, often triggered by medications, UV light, pregnancy or infection and is most common in adults.
Erythrodermic psoriasis – the least common type of psoriasis that often causes redness and scaling across the whole body, and may lead to serious illness if left untreated.


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