Psoriasis Specialist

Boulder Dermatology

Dermatology Clinic & Aesthetic Specialists located in Boulder, CO & Louisville, CO

If you’re one of the approximately 7.5 million Americans with psoriasis, you know how debilitating this chronic skin condition can be. At Boulder Dermatology, the team of board-certified doctors can help you identify the type of psoriasis you have and treat it effectively. While there is no cure for the condition, proper care greatly reduces symptoms. If you live in Boulder or Louisville, Colorado, call or use the online booking agent to find out how to manage psoriasis successfully and improve your quality of life.

Psoriasis Q & A

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis occurs when your immune system malfunctions. It sends signals to your body to create extra skin cells, which do not shed and pile up on the surface of your skin, causing scaly patches.

Several types of psoriasis exist, and you may have more than one type at a time. These include:

  • Plaque psoriasis, which is the most common, is characterized by raised, reddish patches
  • Guttate psoriasis, which has small, red spots that show up all over the skin
  • Pustular psoriasis, which shows up as swollen skin dotted with pus-filled bumps
  • Inverse psoriasis, which appears as raw, red patches of skin usually in places where the skin touches skin, such as around the armpits or groin

Erythrodermic psoriasis can also occur, especially in people who have unstable plaque psoriasis. It’s extremely serious and characterized by skin that’s bright red and looks burned, causing severe itching and pain.

As many as 40% of psoriasis sufferers also experience joint inflammation in a condition known as psoriatic arthritis.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

About 80% of psoriasis sufferers have plaque psoriasis. Symptoms include:

  • Patches of red skin covered with loose, silvery scales
  • Itchy, painful lesions that sometimes crack and bleed
  • Merged sections of plaques that cover large areas of your back or face

Depending on the type of psoriasis you have and its severity, you may also have discoloration and crumbling of your fingernails and toes as well as itchy, scaly patches on your scalp.

What causes psoriasis?

Psoriasis is not contagious and can begin at any age. The condition is likely caused by faulty genes and something that triggers the immune system. A trigger may include:

  • Extreme stress
  • Certain medications
  • Cold, dry weather
  • Strep throat
  • A bad sunburn, cut, or scratch

How is psoriasis treated?

Psoriasis can't be cured, but the symptoms can be greatly reduced with treatment. If you have mild psoriasis that covers just about 3% of your body, the team at Boulder Dermatology usually recommends over-the-counter and prescription topical treatments and shampoos.

If you have severe psoriasis, the doctors at Boulder Dermatology may recommend drugs called biologics, which are man-made compounds that mimic proteins created by your own natural cells. Biologics target your immune system to help it function better. The therapy can clear up plaques and reduce joint pain and damage due to psoriatic arthritis.

The doctors at Boulder Dermatology inject biologics under your skin or into a vein or muscle.

Don’t suffer the discomfort and embarrassment of psoriasis. Contact Boulder Dermatology today for treatment.