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Psoriasis is a non-contagious, chronic, inflammatory skin disease that affects approximately 2% of the U.S. population. While the exact cause is unknown, psoriasis can be hereditary.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune, inflammatory skin reaction that causes a rapid skin regeneration rate, characterized by thickened, red areas of skin covered with silvery scales. This can range from discrete, localized areas to generalized body involvement.

In up to 30% of psoriasis patients, there is an association with a characteristic arthritis (Psoriatic Arthritis), which can be debilitating. There is also a significant association between psoriasis and certain metabolic disorders that can include heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

Things that can trigger psoriasis include: cuts and scratches, sunburn, infections like strep and others, medications that contain beta blockers, lithium and other irritants, seasonal weather changes, and dry skin.

Psoriasis Warning Signs
  • The presentation of psoriasis may vary by type.
  • The most common, “plaque psoriasis,” is characterized by small red bumps that coalesce into larger scaly plaques.
  • Areas affected can include:
    • Scalp
    • Arms and elbows
    • Legs and knees
    • Genitals and groin
    • Palms of the hands
    • Soles of the feet
    • Nails (pitting, loosening, and thickening may occur)
    • Armpits
    • Under the breasts
    • Buttocks
Psoriasis Treatments
  • Topical Preparations that include coal tar, Anthralin, topical steroids, and Vitamin D-like compounds.
  • Ultraviolet Treatments and Lasers (i.e. Ultraviolet B and the Excimer laser)
  • Oral Medications like Methotrexate, Retinoids, Immunosuppressant agents and Apremilast.
  • Injectable Biologic Agents such as Etancercept, Adalimumab, etc.

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