Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that presents with symmetrically distributed, red, scaly plaques with well-defined edges. The scale is typically silvery white, except in skin folds where the plaques often appear shiny and they may have a moist peeling surface.
The most common sites are the scalp, elbows, and knees, but any part of the skin can be affected. The plaques are usually very persistent without treatment. Itch is mostly mild but may be severe in some patients, leading to scratching and lichenification (thickened leathery skin with increased skin markings). Painful skin cracks or fissures may also occur. When psoriatic plaques clear up, they may leave brown or pale marks that can be expected to fade over several months.
Who gets psoriasis?
Psoriasis affects 2-4% of males and females and can start at any age, including childhood. It tends to persist lifelong, fluctuating in extent and severity, and is more common in Caucasians but can affect people of any race. About one-third of patients with psoriasis have family members with psoriasis.
How can we help?
If you're struggling with psoriasis, our team of expert dermatologists can help. We understand that psoriasis can be a frustrating disease and we keep ourselves updated with the latest medications available for its treatment. We offer a range of treatment options such as biological therapies for severe cases, topical therapies, and phototherapy for most cases.
Don't let psoriasis control your life, contact us today for a consultation and let us help you achieve clear, healthy skin.