Ami Muehlberg, MD
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1087 Warwick Ave
Warwick, RI 02888
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What is psoriasis?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredPsoriasis is a common autoimmune disorder that affects the skin. It causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with white or silver patches of dead skin, referred to as scales (don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you’re turning into a fish). Psoriasis can affect any part of the body, but it is most common on your head, elbows, knees, and toes, knees and toes. You can develop psoriasis at any age, but it usually appears between 15 and 35 years of age. It’s important to keep in mind that all cases of psoriasis are not created equal, both in terms of severity and in terms of type. There are five kinds of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is the most common, but you can also develop guttate, pustular, inverse, or erythrodermic. Each has its own unique characteristics. Be aware, though: Psoriasis is often confused with atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema.Helpful? 4 people found this helpful.
How is heredity related to plaque psoriasis?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Researchers believe that up to 10% of people inherit a predisposition for developing plaque psoriasis; however, only 1% to 3% of the population actually develops it. So it’s not all Mom and Dad’s fault. While their genes may put you at higher risk, a trigger like stress, an infection, certain medications, and environmental factors can cause the plaque psoriasis to rear its ugly head.
How should I cleanse my skin if I have lichen planus?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredLichen planus is a very common bumpy, itchy rash that appears on the skin, mouth, fingernails, or scalp. Though it can go away on its own, it's best to get a diagnosis from a dermatologist if you think you may have the condition. Besides offering you treatment options, your doctor can advise you on the best skin-care routine and may recommend that you try an oatmeal bath to soothe the skin and calm the itch. You can find oatmeal bath products at your local pharmacy.
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