Psoriasis is a visible patch on the skin which may resemble a rash. This condition, however, is not a rash. Psoriasis is a result of an immune system which is not functioning properly. Signals are sent to skin cell producers in the body on a regular basis when needed. If signs of psoriasis are present, the body is sending excessive amounts of these signals and too many skin cells are created. The result is red patches on the skin.
Psoriasis can effect any part of the body. This includes the scalp and the bottom of feet. This condition may show up in small patches in various areas of the body or may cover a large region. This condition differs from eczema in that the patches will be on the outside of joints rather than the inside bends.
Plaque psoriasis is arguably the most severe type of psoriasis. In the case of plaque psoriasis, patches begin and then form into hard lumps which will eventually flake off. When the area flakes off, it returns just as it was before or it may increase in size or in intensity. It should be known that this condition is not contagious and does not spread due to contact with other areas of the body.
A visit to a dermatologist is recommended for anyone who feels that they may suffer from psoriasis for proper diagnosis and treatment options. A common treatment for the topical aspect of this condition may be the application of a cream or ointment which contains a steroid. Oral medications may also be prescribed to address the immune system disorder. Patients should discuss potential side effects of these medications and possible drug interactions. Patients should also let their doctor know about any drugs which they may be taking before taking any new prescriptions.