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What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It is an autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, causing them to grow too quickly and form thick, silvery scales.

Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body but most commonly appears on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.

Types of psoriasis

There are several types of psoriasis, each with its own characteristics and severity. These include:

  • Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris): This is the most common form of psoriasis, affecting about 80% to 90% of people with the condition. It features raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by silvery-white scales. These plaques usually appear on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back.
  • Guttate psoriasis: Guttate psoriasis is characterized by small, water-drop-shaped, scaling lesions on the trunk, arms, legs, and scalp. It is often triggered by a bacterial infection such as strep throat and is more common in children and young adults.
  • Inverse psoriasis: Also known as intertriginous psoriasis, this type appears as bright red, smooth, and shiny lesions that occur in skin folds, such as under the breasts, in the groin, under the armpits, or around the genitals and buttocks. Friction and sweating can worsen the condition.
  • Pustular psoriasis: Pustular psoriasis is marked by white pustules (blisters of non-infectious pus) surrounded by red skin. The pus consists of white blood cells. It can be localized to certain areas of the body, such as the hands and feet (palmoplantar pustulosis), or it can cover most of the body, which is a rarer and more severe form known as generalized pustular psoriasis.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis: This is the least common type of psoriasis and can cover your entire body with a red, peeling rash that can itch or burn intensely. It is a severe form of psoriasis that can be life-threatening, especially if it leads to heart failure or pneumonia.
  • Nail psoriasis: Nail psoriasis affects the fingernails and toenails, causing pitting, abnormal nail growth, and discoloration. Nails may become loose and separate from the nail bed (onycholysis). Severe cases may cause the nail to crumble.
  • Psoriatic arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis is a condition where individuals have both psoriasis and arthritis (joint inflammation). This can affect any joints but most commonly affects the hands, feet, knees, neck, and lower back. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and can lead to permanent joint damage.

Psoriasis symptoms

The symptoms of psoriasis vary depending on the type and severity of the condition, but some common symptoms include:

  • Plaques of red skin: These are often covered with silver-white scales and are the most common symptom of plaque psoriasis. These plaques might be itchy and painful and can crack and bleed.
  • Small scaling spots: Particularly seen in children, these are typical of guttate psoriasis.
  • Dry, cracked skin: This may bleed and can be quite painful. It may also be accompanied by a burning sensation.
  • Itching, burning, or soreness: These sensations are common in areas affected by psoriasis.
  • Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails: Nail psoriasis can cause abnormal nail growth and discoloration.
  • Swollen, stiff, or painful joints: This is a common symptom of psoriatic arthritis, a type of inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis.
  • Severe dandruff on the scalp: This can range from slight, fine flaking to thick, adherent scales.
  • Red patches in skin folds: Inverse psoriasis can cause smooth, red patches in the skin folds.

The intensity of psoriasis symptoms can vary, with flare-ups followed by periods of remission. Factors such as stress, infections, or certain medications can trigger flare-ups.

Psoriasis causes

The exact cause of psoriasis is still unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The immune system plays a significant role in the development of psoriasis, with T cells (a type of white blood cell) mistakenly targeting healthy skin cells.

This leads to an increase in the production of skin cells, causing the characteristic red, scaly patches to form.

Factors that may also contribute to the development of psoriasis include:

  • Genetics: Having a family history of psoriasis increases your risk of developing the condition.
  • Infections: Strep throat, skin infections, and respiratory infections can trigger guttate psoriasis in some individuals.
  • Skin injuries: Psoriasis may develop at the site of a skin injury, such as a cut, scratch, or sunburn.
  • Medications: Certain medications, such as lithium (used to treat bipolar disorder), beta-blockers (used to treat high blood pressure), and antimalarial drugs can trigger psoriasis in some people.
  • Stress: Stress can worsen existing psoriasis or trigger flare-ups.

Psoriasis is also associated with other conditions such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hearth and cardiovascular disease
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Anxiety and depression

Treatment of psoriasis

While there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are treatment options available to manage and control the symptoms. These include:

  • Topical treatments: Creams, lotions, ointments, and shampoos applied directly to the skin can help reduce inflammation and soothe symptoms.
  • Phototherapy: This involves exposing the affected skin to controlled amounts of natural or artificial ultraviolet light, which can slow down the production of skin cells.
  • Systemic medications: For more severe cases, oral or injected medications that target the immune system may be prescribed. These include biologics, immunosuppressants, and retinoids.
  • Lifestyle changes: Adopting a healthy lifestyle by managing stress levels, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding triggers can help control psoriasis symptoms.

When to get medical help?

If you suspect that you may have psoriasis, you should consult with a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that requires long-term management, and early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent severe symptoms.

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Frequently asked questions

  • DrHouse offers a wide array of telehealth services tailored to meet diverse patient needs.

    Our primary services include urgent care and primary care consultations, which cover immediate medical assistance for non-life-threatening conditions as well as comprehensive healthcare for chronic and ongoing medical concerns.

    We also provide specialized condition-based services, including dermatology appointments, men’s health, and women’s health visits.

    Our team of licensed physicians has expertise in various medical fields to ensure that we can address a wide range of patient needs effectively and efficiently.

  • DrHouse operates on the principles of convenience, accessibility, and quality healthcare. Our telehealth platform is designed to provide on-demand doctors’ visits for urgent care needs, sparing you the hassle of prolonged waiting periods and ensuring timely medical assistance.

    Using DrHouse is a straightforward process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to create a personalized treatment plan.
    • If necessary, a doctor will electronically send a prescription to your chosen pharmacy.

    For more information visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where the physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that the physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your treatment plan.

    The physician may also request additional information or diagnostic tests, such as blood work or imaging if needed.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once the physician has assessed your needs, they will create a personalized treatment plan, which may include prescribing medication or recommending further medical care.

  • At DrHouse, we understand the value of your time and health, which is why our on-demand urgent care service is designed to work quickly and efficiently. From the moment you request a consultation, it takes only up to 15 minutes to see a doctor.

  • Yes, physicians at DrHouse can prescribe almost any medication, including refills, that is not classified as a controlled substance. DrHouse physicians also will not prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, or HRT medications. It’s crucial to note that the prescription of any medication is purely at the discretion of our healthcare professionals.

    They will assess your medical history, symptoms, and current medications to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. If your physician believes that a certain medication is necessary for your well-being, it will be prescribed.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to use DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing and refilling of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page.

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.