Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that causes thick, pink or red, itchy patches of skin covered with white or silvery scales. Psoriasis is most commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back but it can also appear anywhere. It tends to go through cycles, often flaring for a few weeks or months then subsiding for a while. Psoriasis is not contagious and does not spread from person to person.
Causes of Psoriasis
The cause of psoriasis is largely unknown but it is thought to be an immune system problem that causes the skin to regenerate at an abnormal rate.
How is Psoriasis diagnosed?
A diagnosis of psoriasis can be made after a full medical history and physical exam is performed by our providers. There are no special blood tests in order to diagnose psoriasis but a skin biopsy may be helpful.
There are many ways to treat psoriasis and each patient responds differently. When deciding on psoriasis relief, our providers will assist by evaluating all of the options available and assembling a treatment plan based on a patient’s individual circumstances. Treatment options consists of:
If you need help managing your psoriasis, please call our offices for an appointment.