You might be wondering what in the world this is, well it’s yet another skin condition that people of color need to be aware of. Psoriasis is autoimmune medical condition that directly affects the nails and skin. Psoriasis tends to cause thick scaly lesions and treatment of this condition usually requires specialized skin care and phototherapy.
Asides having close similarities to eczema, Psoriasis is also a condition in which red, scaly patches form on the skin; most especially around the elbows, knees and scalp. Many people who suffer from this skin condition will most likely experience skin discomfort, pain as well as issues with their self esteem. All these put together can meddle with their work and social life in general. Make sure you visit Buckhead Dermatology in Atlanta and College to be sure of your skin condition to prevent wrong medication.
Despite the cause of Psoriasis being unknown, medical researchers say the disease is genetic and that it is caused by an interplay of genes that overdrive the immune system, causing rapid growth of skin cells which result in patches and lesions being formed on the skin.
Here are a few things you should know:
- Never rule yourself out of a possible diagnosis: Regardless of what any people may think, Psoriasis in people of color isn’t less common than it is amongst whites or caucasians. According to a study in 2014 from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the prevalence level among Caucasians in the US is just about 3.5%, however, the same study reveals that the prevalence level in African Americans is almost 2%. For Hispanics it is about 1.5% so invariably everyone is susceptible to it.
- The signs may not be what you are expecting: There is a high tendency to mistake Psoriasis to other skin conditions such as Lichen planus, eczema etc. leading to misdiagnosis. Psoriasis in people of color may appear different than it appears on a Caucasian skin. One thing is sure, discoloration is likely to be more of purple than reddish. In addition, scaling is less prevalent. It is important to familiarize yourself with the distinct features of Psoriasis.
- Look out for the scalp: Psoriasis of the scalp is common among patients of color and treating it could prove difficult sometimes. Dermatologists are usually burdened with the task of asking patients about their hair history in order to come up with an effective treatment plan. Dermatologists have come out to say that washing the hair with a medicated shampoo may not be a viable option for African Americans. But generally patients, especially African Americans should stay away from chemical hair relaxers or other hair products that can lead to hair breakage.
There are existing social stigmas associated with skin disease of patients of color. These social stigmas may sometimes prevent patients of color from seeking medical attention for their Psoriasis. Majority tend to feel embarrassed about their skin condition or may be reluctant to get undressed to allow for thorough examination. At Buckhead Dermatology in Atlanta and College, expect the warmest reception from certified professional dermatologists ready to render assistance in any way possible.