Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the United States, affecting more than 7 million people. Board-certified dermatologists Ritchie Rosso, Jr., MD, and Robert Chappell, Jr., MD, and the team at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center of the Permian Basin are experts at treating psoriasis to improve the quality of your life. Dr. Rosso, Dr. Chappell, and their team are the only providers in the area that offer in-office lightbox and laser treatments for patients in the Permian Basin, Texas, and the surrounding communities. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to learn more.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that comes and goes, causing scaly, itchy, and sometimes painful patches of skin all over your body. With psoriasis, your body makes new skin cells in a matter of days instead of weeks, causing them to pile on the surface of your skin.
Psoriasis patches can appear anywhere on your body but most frequently occur on your knees, elbows, scalp, and back. Skin affected by psoriasis appears as raised, reddish patches with a silvery white coating. The patches vary in size and may cover a large area. There’s no cure for psoriasis, so the goal of treatment is to manage these symptoms.
There are several types of psoriasis, and each comes with its own set of symptoms. The different types include:
The symptoms of psoriasis depend on which type you have.
This is the most common form of psoriasis and appears as raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered in silvery scales. The scales can be itchy, painful, and occur anywhere on your body.
Nail psoriasis affects your toenails and fingernails and causes abnormal nail growth.
Guttate psoriasis primarily affects young children and is often triggered by a bacterial infection like strep throat. Symptoms appear as small, fine, scaly water droplets on the arms, legs, scalp, and torso.
This type of psoriasis can sometimes be triggered by a fungal infection and typically affects the skin in your armpits and around the breasts, groin, and genitals. It appears as smooth, red, inflamed skin that worsens with friction and sweating.
Pustular psoriasis is uncommon and occurs on your hands, feet, or fingertips. It develops quickly, and within hours your skin becomes red and tender with pus-filled blisters. It often comes with fever, chills, severe itching, and diarrhea.
This kind of psoriasis is the most uncommon form of the condition and covers your entire body with a red, burning rash.
Psoriatic arthritis causes inflamed, scaly skin and swollen joints and may affect any joint in your body, causing severe stiffness.
Since there’s no cure for psoriasis, the main goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and control flare-ups. Treatment depends on the severity of your condition, as well. Topical ointments are effective for controlling mild to moderate forms of psoriasis, but for more severe psoriasis symptoms, oral medications and light therapies can help.
Dr. Rosso and the team offer lightboxes and laser treatments to alleviate symptoms. Phototherapy involves exposing your skin to ultraviolet light (UVB) under medical supervision during in-office treatments.
Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center of the Permian Basin is the only dermatology clinic in the area that provides this effective treatment option. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online.