Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin condition with systemic considerations. The skin component is variable among patients, but the most common type, plaque psoriasis, consists of raised lesions covered with a variable amount of silvery scales most commonly seen on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk. Other types of psoriasis are guttate, inverse, pustular, scalp, erythrodermic, and psoriatic inflammatory arthritis.

If you have psoriasis, a dermatologist can create a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. To create this plan, your dermatologist will consider the:

  • Type(s) of psoriasis you have
  • Places psoriasis appears on your body
  • Severity of the psoriasis
  • Impact psoriasis has on your life
  • Other medical conditions you have

Your treatment plan may include medication you apply to your skin, advice to help you care for your skin, and tips to help prevent flare-ups. To control psoriasis, some people also need light treatments or medication that works throughout the body.

Adapted from original source: AOCD & AAD

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