Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that has a genetic basis. The most common appearance of psoriasis is that of thickened plaque of red skin, with silvery scaling on the surface. The most common sites include the elbow, knees, lower back, and the scalp. However, psoriasis can occur anywhere on the skin surface, including the nails, face and genitalia.
Psoriasis can be associated with joint inflammation (arthritis) which may not be recognized early in the course of the condition.
Traditional medical treatments for psoriasis include topical therapies, phototherapy, and systemic therapies (tablets). Phototherapy is particularly useful where psoriasis is difficult to treat with creams alone.
Recent developments in psoriasis therapy are exciting, and include the “biologic” agents. Please discuss with your dermatologist the nature of these agents, and whether they would be appropriate in your case.