Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition. The result of a rapid buildup of skin cells, psoriasis causes red, raised, dry and cracked scaly patches, and even blisters, to form on the skin. In some cases, psoriasis affects the fingernails, causing yellowing and small depressions. Psoriasis can be mild, moderate or severe, and, in most cases, causes itching and burning in affected areas or skin.
Psoriasis is the result of an autoimmune disorder, in which skin cells replace themselves every 3 to 4 days, rather than the usual 30, creating a buildup of cells on the skin’s surface, and causing symptoms to appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. Although there is no cure, there are several treatments available to effectively relieve symptoms. We use oral, topical, injectable medications as well as laser therapy to treat this condition.
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Frequently Asked Psoriasis Questions:
Who gets Psoriasis?
Psoriasis affects men, women, and children alike and can occur at any age but normally occurs between the ages of 10 to 30.
Is Psoriasis contagious?
No, it is not transmittable from person to person.
What are different types of Psoriasis?
Chronic plaque discoid psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris), Guttate psoriasis, scalp psoriasis, flexural psoriasis, napkin psoriasis, palmar plantar pustular psoriasis, generalized pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, nail psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
Will my psoriasis go away?
In some cases, yes it may clear up for years, in other cases it is a chronic long-term condition. Most people find with psoriasis they can work out a regime to manage their condition and keep it under control.
Is there a cure for Psoriasis?
There is good cause for optimism, research is being done to understand what goes wrong in psoriasis but unfortunately not at the moment. But there are still plenty of treatment options available to help manage it.
How is Psoriasis diagnosed?
Psoriasis is diagnosed by an examination of the skin as well as your other symptoms. In some cases, a biopsy may be needed.