Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes thick red scaly patches to form on the skin. They are usually itchy, red, inflamed, and can crack and bleed. The cause of psoriasis is not completely understood, but it is known to have a genetic component and can flare up in response to certain triggers, including stress, injuries, medications and infections. Smoking and heavy alcohol use can also cause outbreaks.
Now this may sound like a lot to handle, but there are a wide range of treatments available that can help ease the symptoms you are experiencing. Your dermatologist may suggest phototherapy, biologic drugs and/or topical treatments (corticosteroids, salicylic acid and over the counter moisturizers).
If you are experiencing any issues with your skin or have any questions, please schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. They can help you achieve your skin care goals, manage skin disorders, as well as help screen for skin cancer.