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im hvng red dry patches on my left arm…..could it be psoriasis? What are its symptoms and tell its treatments also.
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We advise you to consult a dermatologist as without seeing it's very difficult to comment. Assuming its psoriasis...psoriasis brings red, itchy, dry patches topped by silvery scales on your skin. It has various forms with respective symptoms. Plaque psoriasis, for example, the most common type, has raised dry red lesions covered with whitish-silver scales. These plaques may ache, swell or itch and usually emerge on knees, elbows, scalp and back; though they may appear anywhere. Skin inflammation and exfoliation over maximum body surface accompanies plaque psoriasis. Guttate psoriasis, on the other hand, involves tiny, drop-shaped red-pink lesions cropping on large stretches of the body like torso, arms, legs, and scalp. Pustular psoriasis has pus-filled raised bumps surrounded by tender red skin. The condition can affect different parts of the body. Depending on the type, acuteness and affected areas, your doctor will determine a treatment. First-line therapies involve topical applications like corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, emollients, steroids, coal tar, calcineurin inhibitors and dithranol. However, if the symptoms are too adverse, phototherapy may come into the picture involving rectification with UV light. In the severest cases, systemic treatments (oral or injected drugs working throughout the body) are the last resort. Various treatments are teamed with one another in most cases. We suggest you consult a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment of your skin issue.

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