Psoriasis is a chronic condition where the skin develops red, itchy patches and thick, silvery scales that are usually not painful. The exact cause of psoriasis is not known but it is more likely to occur if another family member has psoriasis. Flare-ups of psoriasis come and go and are often caused by certain triggers like infections, medicines, skin damage and stress.
Treatment depends on the severity of the disease, size of the areas involved, and the type of psoriasis. There are a variety of topical medicines that can be applied directly to the skin along with oral medicine and phototherapy that our physicians will consider to treat your psoriasis.
To learn more, visit psoriasis.org.
Plaque psoriasis is the most prevalent form of the disease.
Guttate psoriasis often starts in childhood or young adulthood.
? Photos courtesy of National Psoriasis Foundation.