Psoriasis is an itchy, scaly skin condition that can last for a very long time, with episodes of improvement then worsening. It is a disorder of the immune system. The immune system normal functions to fight bacteria, viruses, and other organisms, preventing them from causing an infection in your body.

With psoriasis, your immune system responds even when there is no bacteria or virus to respond to. This leads to inflammation all over the body, particularly in the skin and joints. Itchy, red, scaly patches and spots appear most commonly on the elbows and knees, but can appear anywhere on the body including the scalp, fingers, palms, and soles. Triggers like stress, smoking, alcohol can make psoriasis worse and prevent your skin from improving.

Psoriasis can have a big impact on the quality of your life. If you have psoriasis, you have a greater risk of developing other chronic issues like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and vascular disease which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Options for treatment include:

– Phototherapy

– Topical steroids

– Topical vitamin d cream

– Salicylic acid

– Urea

– Methotrexate

– Otezla

– Injectable biologics like Humira, Stelara, Cosentyx, Taltz and several more.

– Holistic therapies like acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and changing your diet can also improve your psoriasis and it’s associated diseases.

There are many ways to treat psoriasis and the different treatment options just keep growing so discuss your options with a board certified dermatologist today