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Identifying Psoriasis vs. Dry Skin

“I’m noticing little bumps and dry patches on my son’s arms. Is this psoriasis?”  “My skin is very dry and it itches, do I have psoriasis?”   Many of us wonder, especially during the winter months, if our dry skin is in fact psoriasis.  Chances are you know someone with psoriasis. It’ a common skin condition affecting 3% of the population.  We would like to share the tell tale signs of identifying psoriasis vs. dry skin.

Psoriasis starts as small red bumps that enlarge and become scaly.  Key symptoms to look for are:

  • Red lesions that are sometimes covered with silvery-white scales.
  • Rashes in the folds of the skin.
  • Joint pain, swelling or stiffness.
  • Discolored or crumbly nails.

Dry Skin is simply skin that looks dehydrated.  It may even appear flaky and cracked like the back of an alligator.  Dry skin is typically found on the arms and lower legs.

Now keep in mind psoriasis causes dry skin but a good way to tell the difference is to look for the raised red lesions covered with silvery-white scales, or dead skin cells.   Skin affected by psoriasis may also burn or feel itchy and tender.   Psoriasis is a chronic, long-term, skin condition that causes your skin cells to grow too quickly .  This results in the silvery-white scales or pacthes of skin.  If you think you may have psoriasis or know someone who does, make sure that you or your loved one are getting screened by a capable physician and contact our office to schedule your next appointment.