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Small red bumps on your skin? It might be early psoriasis signs

A small lump may be the first symptom of psoriasis
A small lump may be the first symptom of psoriasis
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1:08 PM EDT, May 17, 2024

Have you noticed small red bumps on your skin that won’t go away? This could be the beginning of psoriasis. The initial changes resemble mosquito bites. What symptoms should cause concern? When should you see a doctor?

Psoriasis is a serious autoimmune disease. It is estimated that more than 125 million people worldwide struggle with it. It is characterized by chronic skin changes resulting from excessive keratinization of the epidermis.

The disease affects both children and adults. The first psoriasis changes resemble an allergic reaction or mosquito bite. What symptoms may indicate the onset of psoriasis?

What are the first symptoms of psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin inflammation that manifests as excessive keratinization of the epidermis. The affected area becomes red, and over time, a characteristic scaliness appears. You can’t catch it, as psoriasis has a genetic, immunological, or environmental basis. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or cimetidine increases the risk of developing the disease.

It is estimated that up to 2% of the population in Europe suffers from psoriasis. The condition can appear at any age, but it most commonly affects young adults (around 20-30 years old) or older individuals. The first symptoms resemble a mosquito bite. Small (ranging from a few millimeters to about an inch) reddish-brown bump with a scaly surface appears on the skin. Over time, it starts to grow. The change is accompanied by erythema, pricking, itching, and a dry feeling. If such a change appears on your skin and no ointment works, see a dermatologist as soon as possible.

How is psoriasis treated?

Psoriatic changes vary in shape and size. They can resemble small spots, blisters, or droplets. Although they are itchy, they cannot be scratched or picked, as this will only exacerbate the changes. Psoriasis is a chronic disease, which means it cannot be cured. The medications used limit the spread of symptoms and prevent relapses.

Treatment involves using ointments based on glucocorticosteroids, tar, or urea. Specialists also recommend phototherapy. In severe cases, patients are prescribed tablets that inhibit T lymphocyte activity, which is responsible for producing pro-inflammatory cytokines.

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