Psoriasis is a rash that appears as red scaly thickened skin. The involved areas are usually well defined and the scale is silvery white. Cases involving skin folds lack the scale and appear moist. Any part of the skin can be affected but the most common areas are the scalp, elbows, and knees. Psoriasis can be itchy. It is a lifelong skin condition that waxes and wanes in extent and severity.

What causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is immune mediated. Genetic factors are involved.

Who gets Psoriasis?

Psoriasis affects 2-4% of the population. The most common ages of onset are 15-25 and 50-60 years. It tends to be more common in Caucasians but all races are affected.

Health conditions associated with Psoriasis.

  1. Diabetes mellitus type 2
  2. Hypertension
  3. Hyperlipidemia
  4. Coronary heart disease
  5. Obesity
  6. Arthritis
  7. Inflammatory bowel disease
  8. Inflammation of the eye

How is Psoriasis treated?

At Skin Solutions Dermatology we treat psoriasis topically or systemically depending on the extent of involvement and/or the impact it has on our patient’s life.

There are benefits from not smoking, avoiding excess alcohol and maintaining optimal weight.

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