Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition marked by periodic flares and remissions.The exact cause of the disease is not known, but we do know it develops in individuals who have an inherited genetic predisposition for psoriasis.

Psoriasis causes skin cells to multiply rapidly causing a build-up of extra cells. Symptoms vary, depending on the type of psoriasis. It can lead to patches – or plaques – of itchy, flaky skin on the body or scalp; nail discoloration, pitting or lose of nails; sores, red rash, or pustular patches or swollen joints accompanied by arthritis symptoms.

Psoriasis is a chronic condition marked by symptoms flares and remissions. Certain triggers can cause symptoms to appear, including the following:

Dermatologists advise those with psoriasis to take care of their skin by practicing good hygiene and protecting it from injury. Eating healthfully and maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce symptom flares.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis at this time, but talk with your dermatologist about current treatment options, including:

By focusing on symptom control and disease management, your dermatologist can help you better manage your psoriasis. If you haven’t seen a dermatologist recently, consider scheduling an appointment. There are new treatment options currently available, and others on the horizon.

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