The itchy, red skin caused by psoriasis can be frustrating, embarrassing and painful. Don’t suffer any longer. At FoundationMED in Raleigh, North Carolina, we believe in addressing the root causes and underlying issues causing your psoriasis flare-ups.

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes itchy, red, scaly patches across the body. Psoriasis flare-ups can range from small spots of scaly skin to very large patches. The face, palms, scalp, knees, legs, elbows lower back and soles of the feet are the most affected spots.

Causes Of Psoriasis

Psoriasis flare-ups can happen at any time, but they are often linked to certain triggers. Infections in the body and injuries to the skin are common triggers, as well as stress, dry weather, alcohol consumption and certain medications.

There appear to be genetic causes behind psoriasis. When someone with genetic predispositions are exposed to certain environmental triggers, psoriasis can be triggered. Determining the underlying causes of your psoriasis can help prevent flare ups and result in smooth, healthy skin.

Let us help you get your psoriasis under control. At FoundationMED, we don’t just treat the symptoms. We dive deeper to discover the underlying causes behind your illness and dis-ease.

Types of Psoriasis

There are several forms of psoriasis, each with different symptoms and underlying causes. Read on to learn more about each.

Plaque Psoriasis – This form of psoriasis, also called psoriasis vulgaris, makes up the overwhelming majority of psoriasis cases.  It most commonly affects the back of the forearms, shins, navel and scalp, and it appears as red patches with white scales on top.

Guttate Psoriasis – This form of psoriasis is triggered by a bacterial infection and is recognizable by drop-shaped lesions. Guttate psoriasis often presents in infants and children.

Inverse Psoriasis – Inverse psoriasis presents as smooth patches of red skin that appear in the folds of the groin, breasts and buttocks. Fungal infections can be the cause for this form of psoriasis.

Pustular Psoriasis – This rare form of psoriasis produces pus-filled lesions over large patches of skin or smaller areas on the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis – This uncommon form of psoriasis is very widespread, even sometimes covering the entire body, with a red rash that can itch and burn intensely.

Psoriasis Symptoms

Symptoms Of Psoriasis

  • Red, patchy skin
  • Thick, silvery scales on skin
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Pitted nails
  • Swollen joints
  • Stiff joints