Psoriasis is an immune-mediated, chronic skin condition characterized by red, raised, scaly patches that can be itchy and painful. Our experienced dermatology team is dedicated to providing the latest treatments and personalized care to help you manage and alleviate the symptoms of this condition.


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Psoriasis in the US

With more than 3 million cases reported each year, psoriasis is a common skin condition that takes the appearance of a scaly rash. Caused by a disease of the immune system that results in skin cells being produced at a faster-than-normal rate, psoriasis causes a buildup of skin cells that are visible on the surface. These itchy, dry patches of skin can cause joint pain and may even trigger depression in sufferers.  Psoriasis is most commonly found in people ages 15 to 35, although it can affect anyone at any age. At this time, there is no known cure for the treatment of psoriasis. However, This chronic condition can be managed with proper treatment methods. 

Psoriasis by the Numbers

Psoriasis affects approximately 

Million people in the US

Plaque Psoriasis is the most common form accounting for almost

of Psoriasis cases
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Types of Psoriasis

There are 5 main types of psoriasis that take on different appearances and affect the body in different manners. Below, you will find a list of the main types as well as information on each type.

  • Plaque Psoriasis: The most talked about type of psoriasis, it takes on the traditional appearance, such as red, itchy, raised patches on the skin.
  • Guttate Psoriasis: Most common in children and young adults, this type of psoriasis causes lesions most commonly on the upper trunk or extremities.
  • Inverse Psoriasis: This type of psoriasis is most commonly found in folds of the body, such as behind the knees and in the crook of arms, and causes red lesions in these areas.
  • Pustular Psoriasis: Distinguishable by its distinct appearance, this type of psoriasis causes white blisters and reddening of the skin.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis: This type of psoriasis is very rare and can affect the entire body with pain, itching, and redness.

If you believe you are suffering from a type of psoriasis mentioned above, call  Blue Ridge Dermatology today to be evaluated by a psoriasis expert.

Cause of Psoriasis

Although the cause of psoriasis is unknown, it is thought to be caused by a combination of an inherited gene and exposure to “triggers.” These triggers can negatively affect the immune system, causing psoriasis to flare up. Triggers can vary by person. A list of common triggers can be found below.

Common Psoriasis Triggers

  • Smoking
  • Infection
  • Diet, including consumption of alcohol
  • Certain medications
  • Stress
  • Cuts, bruises, or other trauma to the skin
  • Weather, such as cold and dry conditions

As a way of treatment, the team of dermatologists at Blue Ridge Dermatology can work with you to determine your psoriasis triggers, aiding in the reduction of flare-ups.  

Common Psoriasis Treatments

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, treatments are available to manage symptoms and control flare-ups. Below are common treatment methods.

  • Oral Treatments: New forms of oral treatments called “small-molecule” treatments target the molecules that are thought to cause inflammation.
  • Systemics: This form of prescription drug is taken orally and works throughout the body to treat psoriasis.
  • Topical Creams: Applied directly to the skin to slow cell reproduction and inflammation, topical treatment is usually the first course of action in the management of psoriasis.
  • Biologic Drugs: Administered via intravenous infusion (IV) or injection, Biologics are a protein-based drug that targets specific sections of the immune system which are thought to cause psoriasis.
  • Phototherapy: This light therapy exposes the skin to ultraviolet light to control psoriasis.
  • Alternative Methods: Changing diet and exercise habits, using herbal remedies, and stress reduction therapy are alternative methods that psoriasis sufferers are attempting.

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Contact Blue Ridge Dermatology Today

For more information on psoriasis, or if you suspect you are suffering from this particular skin condition, we recommend you seek advice from our medical team at Blue Ridge Dermatology. Our skilled Dermatologists will evaluate your condition and work with you to reduce triggers and manage your symptoms.   

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