Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes considerable discomfort, itches, and may result in cracking and bleeding. Though it cannot be cured , under the medical supervision of Dr. Yolanda L. Holmes, it can be controlled. Psoriasis can appear in several forms, most commonly as raised, reddish skin patches with white scales, and can range in intensity from mild to severe. It can occur anywhere on the skin, most frequently on the scalp, lower back, knees and elbows. If you are suffering from psoriasis please consider calling our practice, Dr. Holmes can help ease the symptoms and manage the condition.

Symptoms

There are several types of psoriasis. Symptoms for each type may vary in severity and appear in a wide array of combinations. In general, the major symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Bright red areas of raised patches (plaques) on the skin, often covered with loose, silvery scales. Plaques can occur anywhere, but commonly they occur on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back.

Nearly 90% of people with psoriasis have this type of psoriasis.

Similar plaques in the same area on both sides of the body (for example, both knees or both elbows).

Flare-ups of many raindrop-shaped patches. Called guttate psoriasis, this condition often follows a strep infection and is the second most common type of psoriasis. It affects less than 10% of those with psoriasis

  • Tiny areas of bleeding when skin scales are picked or scraped off
  • Mild scaling to thick, crusted plaques on the scalp.
  • Itching, especially during sudden flare-ups or when the psoriasis patches are in body folds, such as under the breasts or buttocks.

Nail Disorders

Nail disorders are common, especially in severe psoriasis. Nail symptoms include:

  • Tiny pits in the nails (not found with fungal nail infections).
  • Yellowish discoloration of the toenails and sometimes the fingernails.
  • Separation of the end of the nail from the nail bed.
  • Less often, a buildup of skin debris under the nails.

Joint swelling, tenderness, and pain

If you have any concerns about the appearance or condition of you skin, please don't hesitate to call us today. Board certified Cosmetic / Medical Dermatologist Dr. Yolanda C. Holmes would like to share with you the most current information on skin care and health. She will make sure that you receive the best treatment available.

Washington DC Dermatologist Dr. Yolanda C. Holmes specializes in Medical Dermatology as well as Cosmetic Treatments. Some of Washington DC Dermatology’s featured services include: Complexion Blending, Vi Peel, Xeomin (the alternative to Botox), Facial Fillers, Adult Acne Treatments, Laser Hair Removal, and many more treatments. Complexion Blending is a combination of Laser Genesis and Microdermabrasion. If you suffer from ingrown hair or Razor Bump Treatment, we can help you. CALL US TODAY!!

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