What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is one of the most common skin problems (1 to 3 percent of people), and often appears as pink to red inflamed areas of overgrown skin, topped with white scale. These areas classically include knees and elbows but also often affect the hands, feet, scalp, underarms, groin or any other part of the body. Sometimes it may present as isolated severe dandruff. Psoriasis is an ongoing problem which may have periods of spontaneous remissions and recurrence. Many people notice their skin has seasonal flares. Although many patients report that another family member has psoriasis, most patients do not have anyone in the family with psoriasis. Psoriasis can affect the joints, known as psoriatic arthritis. This may present as pain, swelling and joint stiffness. Untreated psoriatic arthritis can lead to irreversible destruction of the joints.

All of our providers are knowledgeable and experienced in the treating psoriasis. We provide a range of therapeutic options from the gold standard treatments such as topical corticosteroids and light therapy to the newer treatments that may include excimer laser therapy or biologic therapy (injectable medications) for psoriasis. Some psoriasis responds readily to therapy, other patients may have to try many treatments before finding one that provides them optimal skin clearance. Rest assured: there are many treatment options out there and even more being developed. We will find one that works for you!

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