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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects more than 7.5 million people in the United States. Triggered by a disorder in your autoimmune system, psoriasis looks like thick, silvery scales or itchy, dry, red patches usually found on your elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, and feet.

Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas. Your symptoms may vary in severity and look different from others affected by psoriasis.

Below are some of the most common symptoms of psoriasis:

  • Red patches of skin covered with silvery plates that resemble tiny fish scales
  • Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning, or soreness
  • Thickened, pitted, or ridged nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints

There are several types of psoriasis, each with distinctive symptoms:

  • Plaque psoriasis: causes dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales.
  • Nail psoriasis: affects your fingernails and toenails, causing pitting, abnormal nail growth and discoloration. It can even cause your nails to crumble.
  • Scalp psoriasis: appears as red, itchy areas on the head with silvery-white scales.
  • Guttate psoriasis: manifests as small, water-drop-shaped sores on your trunk, arms, legs, and scalp.
  • Inverse psoriasis: causes smooth patches of red, inflamed skin in your armpits, the groin, under the breasts, and around the genitals.
  • Pustular psoriasis: develops quickly, with pus-filled blisters appearing just hours after your skin becomes red and tender. It can also cause fever, chills, severe itching, and diarrhea.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis: can cover your entire body with a red, peeling rash that can itch or burn intensely.
  • Psoriatic arthritis: causes painful joints that are typical of arthritis accompanied by red, inflamed, itchy skin.

Why Choose UHealth?

World-class leaders in skin care treatment. University of Miami Health System is recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in caring for conditions and disorders of the skin. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide superior, personalized treatments for dermatologic conditions.

Compassionate care in an academic medical center. You benefit from the state-of-the-art technology and latest medical advancements developed by our researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. You will receive the most accurate diagnosis and a detailed plan to keep your skin healthy.  

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Treatments

  • Ointment or Cream

    You may need to apply an ointment, cream, or lotion to the affected area to help reduce bothersome symptoms related to psoriasis. A topical steroid cream may be prescribed in more extreme cases of the condition.

  • Light Therapy

    In more severe cases of psoriasis, your dermatologist may recommend light therapy to help reduce rashes related to this condition and to control itching.

  • Laser Treatment

    In this treatment, your dermatologist uses a highly targeted medical laser to treat the symptoms of psoriasis.

  • Vitamins

    Your dermatologist may recommend you take certain vitamins, which can help your body combat the underlying autoimmune condition that causes psoriasis symptoms. 

  • Other Medications

    Your dermatologist may prescribe other medications — including newer, injectable biologic medicines — that can help combat psoriasis. Speak with us about the options that may be appropriate for you and your condition.


Tests

  • Physical Exam

    Through a medical examination of your skin, we can accurately diagnose and determine the best way to treat your psoriasis.

  • Biopsy

    To confirm the diagnosis and cause of your psoriasis, we may remove a small section of the affected skin (biopsy) and send it to a laboratory for analysis.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.