What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that speeds up skin cell production causing red, scaly plaques on the skin. Overactive white blood cells interact with the epidermal cells causing thickening primarily on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms, and feet. Psoriasis can affect the joints causing arthritis and can also cause nail changes. More than 1% of the population suffers from psoriasis and involvement can vary from a small amount of skin involvement to severe involvement and disability. Recently it was discovered that patients with psoriasis have an increased risk of cardiac disease.
There are various types of psoriasis which can be diagnosed during a physical exam with a skilled dermatologist. In some cases, your dermatologist may perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
What Treatment Options Are Available?
Krauss Dermatology offers several solutions for patients suffering from painful or embarrassing psoriasis flare-ups. While there is no cure for psoriasis, we can help you get your symptoms under control. We will work closely with you to determine the best treatment plan to suit your individual needs including topical prescriptions as well as systemic medications such as the injectable biologic agents that are revolutionizing treatment of this challenging disease. Your skilled physician will help you with advice to keep triggers at bay and keep your psoriasis in remission as long as possible. For more detailed information, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation website.