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Painful Psoriasis Can Be Treated

Psoriasis is a chronic condition that causes embarrassment for many, but what is less frequently acknowledged is it can also be quite painful. Symptoms range from tenderness to pus drainage. The different types of psoriasis can be treated and newer options continue to be developed.


What Psoriasis Is

A chronic skin condition thought to be caused by an overreactive immune system, psoriasis is most commonly recognized for thick patches of skin that form around the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, hands and feet. The thick patches are called plaques and can be white or silver in color and sometimes develop redness, pain and swelling. Some less common forms of psoriasis lead to painful bumps with pus discharge. Psoriasis can be genetically passed down but is not contagious. Psoriasis flare-ups can be caused by

  • – Stress
  • – Infection
  • – Illness
  • – Dry skin
  • – Dry and cold climates


Painful Symptoms

The more difficult symptoms of pustular psoriasis also are more dangerous. This type of psoriasis may develop quite suddenly or may be chronic and can occur in conjunction with plaque psoriasis. In rare cases it can be life-threatening to infants and pregnant women. Psoriatic arthritis causes tenderness and swelling in joints. A build up of plaque under the nail can cause the nail to split, pit and become discolored. These symptoms make for more than mere embarrassment and can impact life significantly. Symptoms include

  • – Pain
  • – Swelling
  • – Itchiness
  • – Tenderness
  • – Redness
  • – Pustules


Effective Treatment Options

Psoriasis can be managed through mild sun exposure, moisturizing, proper hydration, a balanced diet, stress management and medication. Proactively addressing possible triggers of a flare-up is the best course of action. Newer medications include injections, IV infusions and oral options. Light therapy and topical ointments are frequently employed, and your doctor may recommend a combination of methods to find the best treatment for your unique needs. Other treatments for severe flare-ups may include hospitalization for IV administration of fluids, compresses for the affected skin and oatmeal or saline baths.

Managing psoriasis flare-ups to reduce the potential for acute and painful outbreaks is important. If you have severe symptoms or your psoriasis affects your daily life you should see your doctor to begin treatment.