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Let’s Talk Psoriasis

September 16, 2015 - According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, as many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, making it the most common autoimmune disease in the nation. We’d like to provide you with more information about this skin condition and what can be done to treat it.

First of all, an autoimmune disease is when the immune system attacks the body’s own cells, causing tissue destruction, and psoriasis is then the visible result of the body over-producing skin cells. Normally, the human body has dead skin cells underneath the surface of the skin that rise to the surface and fall off about once a month. For those with psoriasis, these dead skin cells are overproduced, causing raised, red, scaly, and uncomfortable patches of skin on various parts of the body.

There are several different types of psoriasis and each type and area requires different treatment. A psoriasis attack can be triggered by bacterial or viral infections, dry air or dry skin, injury to the skin, certain types of medication, stress, excessive alcohol intake, and either too much or too little sunlight. Psoriasis is not contagious and can be more severe in those who have weakened immune systems.

Psoriasis can affect anyone at any age and can be found in all areas of the body such as the scalp, ears, mouth, hands, feet, fingernails, and toenails. The symptoms can include:

  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning or soreness
  • Red patches of skin
  • Swollen and stiff joints

If you are concerned that you may have psoriasis, please see your doctor. At Bingham Memorial Hospital, we have a healthcare team that can help at the Bingham Dermatology Center team. Dr. Adam Wray and Julia McGee, PA-C, have the knowledge and experience to help treat mild to severe psoriasis cases.

You can live in your own skin without severe pain or discomfort. Call the Bingham Dermatology Center for help. We have locations in Blackfoot (782-2930) and Pocatello (233-4455).