Psoriasis is a very common immune-mediated inflammatory disease of the skin that occurs in about 3% of the population.
It produces red, scaly plaques with thickened skin. While this can occur on all areas of the body, it is particularly common on elbows, knees, the scalp, the lower back, and the umbilicus.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition, and there currently is no cure.
While its exact cause has not been elucidated, it is believed to be multifactorial, with genetics and family history involved in about one third of cases.
Psoriasis can also be associated with psoriatic arthritis, and about 30-40% of patients with psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis at some point in their life. It is important to treat psoriatic arthritis as soon as possible to prevent permanent joint damage.
There are many different types of psoriasis, including guttate, plaque, inverse, nail, scalp, sebopsoriasis, palmoplantar, and erythrodermic varieties.
There are also a variety of types of psoriatic arthritis, including symmetric, asymmetric, spondylitis, and arthritis mutilans.
Both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can range from mild to severe in terms of disease severity, but all forms are very treatable.
If you think that you or someone you know may have psoriasis, please call us for an appointment today.
There are numerous treatment options available, and there are exciting new biologic therapies that have come to market in the last few years that have revolutionized treatment of this disease.