Integrated Dermatology of Boise


Psoriasis services offered in Meridian, ID

If you experience flare-ups of painful, itchy, and scaly rashes, it may be time to consider talking to a dermatologist about psoriasis. At Integrated Dermatology of Boise in Meridian, Idaho, Mary Ellen Luchetti, MD, provides long-term care to help you get your psoriasis flare-ups under control. Call Integrated Dermatology of Boise, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today. 

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, meaning it affects you long-term. While it may go into remission from time to time, you’ll regularly experience flare-ups of its symptoms.  

As an autoimmune condition, psoriasis stems from an oversensitive immune system. There are a few types, but they all cause some form of skin inflammation, itching, and discomfort. Even though there isn’t a cure for psoriasis, an experienced dermatologist can help you manage symptoms when the condition flares up and minimize future flare-ups. 

Which type of psoriasis do I have?

A thorough evaluation of your symptoms helps to determine the type of psoriasis you have. Integrated Dermatology of Boise can diagnose and manage all types of psoriasis, including the most common: Plaque psoriasis.

The most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, which accounts for around 80-90% of cases. You develop dry, itchy, and scaly patches of skin across your body.  

  • Inverse psoriasis

Inverse psoriasis causes irritation in skin folds, like in your armpits, groin, and under your breasts. 

  • Guttate psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis is a type of psoriasis triggered by an infection, such as strep throat. It shows up as tiny irritated drop-shaped spots on your limbs and trunk. 

Where do psoriasis symptoms appear?

You can get psoriasis rashes on many parts of your body, though some areas are more common than others. Some of the most common places for psoriasis are your:

  • Knees.
  • Elbows.
  • Scalp.
  • Low back.
  • Genitals.

Most people only get small rashes, but severe psoriasis can cover large areas of your body. Although it’s often itchy, scratching can tear your skin and leave it vulnerable to bacteria, which can cause an infection. 

How can I manage my psoriasis?

Managing psoriasis is possible with comprehensive and integrative chronic care management. Your dermatologist works with you to identify any triggers that are within your control, such as emotional stress and certain medications. By identifying and avoiding triggers, you can minimize psoriasis flare-ups.   

Your psoriasis treatment plan might also involve:

  • Steroid creams.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) therapy.
  • LED light therapy.
  • Retinoids.
  • Immunotherapy.
  • Other topical and oral medications.

Like any chronic disease, psoriasis is often worse when you have an unhealthy lifestyle. Your dermatologist encourages you to eat a well-balanced diet and get plenty of exercise, among other wellness habits.  

Learn more about psoriasis and how you can manage its symptoms by calling Integrated Dermatology of Boise or booking an appointment online today.

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