What does psoriasis look like when it starts?

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Your skin is the largest organ of the body—and the most exposed. Knowing what can happen to the skin and how to treat it is the job of a dermatologist. At the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center, we not only provide care for patients who struggle with certain conditions, but we also research and provide clinical trials for new medications to help in the treatment of these various concerns. One condition that can be problematic for many of our patients is that of psoriasis. 

What is psoriasis? 

The team at the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center describe psoriasis as a chronic skin condition that can impact patients of all ages and genders. It causes the development of scaley, red patches on the skin, often in the following areas: 

  • Scalp
  • Elbows
  • Knees

What causes psoriasis? 

It is unknown what causes psoriasis, even with continued studies and research. It is believed to be more related to an overactive immune system, which continues to grow skin cells which results in the plaque development. Psoriasis also has a genetic predisposition though this isn’t an indication if someone will eventually develop psoriasis or not. With a proper diagnosis, patients can work with a dermatologist to determine the best treatment. 

What does psoriasis look like at the beginning stages? 

At the beginning of psoriasis, most patients notice the formation of a few red bumps on the skin, like a mild rash. Then, as the condition progresses, the bumps becomes larger and thicker. Scales begin to develop over these rashes, and separate patches on the skin may combine to become larger patches that cover more of the body. The rash and scaley patches can be uncomfortable, often causing itching and bleeding that persists. At this point, it might be time to seek the assistance of a medical professional to discuss possible treatment options. 

Schedule a visit with our dermatological team 

At the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center, we are excited to offer Dallas, TX area patients with solutions for their skin, including the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as psoriasis. Call our office at (972) 661-2729 to request a consultation with Dr. William Abramovits and his team and discuss your skin concerns with a professional who can help!

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