Psoriasis is a condition that presents a scaly, red rash. When the immune system treats normal, healthy cells as potential foreign substances, this auto-immune response presents as psoriasis. The symptoms include thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called “scales.” The first episode usually strikes between the ages of 15 and 35, but may not occur until much later in life. It is a chronic condition that will then cycle through flare-ups and remissions throughout the rest of the patient’s life. Psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million people in the United States. About 20,000 children under age 10 have been diagnosed with psoriasis.

Recognized Advanced Psoriasis Care Center

The doctors and staff at Bellaire Dermatology are passionate about treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. We offer treatments to patients in Bellaire and the surrounding Houston area and are recognized nation-wide for the expert treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

We are on the cutting edge of treatment offering:

  • The latest topical therapy
  • Expert use of systemic and biologic treatments
  • State of the art phototherapy

Types Of Psoriasis

There are five distinct types of psoriasis:

  • Plaque Psoriasis (Psoriasis Vulgaris): About 80% of all psoriasis sufferers get this form of the disease. It is typically found on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. It classically appears as inflamed, red lesions covered by silvery-white scales.
  • Guttate Psoriasis: This form of psoriasis appears as small red dot-like spots, usually on the trunk or limbs. It occurs most frequently among children and young adults. Guttate psoriasis comes on suddenly, often in response to some other health problem or environmental trigger, such as strep throat, tonsillitis, stress or injury to the skin.
  • Inverse Psoriasis: This type of psoriasis appears as bright red lesions that are smooth and shiny. It is usually found in the armpits, groin, under the breasts and in skin folds around the genitals and buttocks.
  • Pustular Psoriasis: Pustular psoriasis looks like white blisters filled with pus surrounded by red skin. It can appear in a limited area of the skin or all over the body. The pus is made up of white blood cells and is not infectious. Triggers for pustular psoriasis include overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, irritating topical treatments, stress, infections and sudden withdrawal from systemic (treating the whole body) medications.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis: One of the most inflamed forms of psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis looks like fiery, red skin covering large areas of the body that shed in white sheets instead of flakes. This form of psoriasis is usually very itchy and may cause some pain. Triggers for erythrodermic psoriasis include severe sunburn, infection, pneumonia, medications or abrupt withdrawal of systemic psoriasis treatment.

Psoriasis triggers are specific to each person. Some common triggers include stress, injury to the skin (scratch, surgery, sunburn), certain medications, strep throat, and dry weather.

Bellaire Dermatology uses several different forms of treatment including medication and lasers to treat psoriasis. Bellaire Dermatology provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art treatment for psoriasis. Our treatments are FDA approved and safe.

To learn more about psoriasis, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation website.


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