Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory disorder affecting the skin, nails and joints. Approximately 2% of people have psoriasis and any age group can be affected by it. Psoriasis typically manifests as red, thick plaques with silvery, white scales. Elbows, knees, lower back and scalp are most often affected. Psoriasis can be asymptomatic or itchy. If the psoriasis is present on the hands or feet it can be disabling. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it’s thought to be an abnormal immune response causing the skin to grow more quickly than usual.
There are many different treatments for psoriasis and the severity of the condition will determine the appropriate course of action. Some people who suffer from psoriasis have only one or two small areas and a topical anti-inflammatory cream is all that is needed. Others have such widespread psoriasis, with or without joint pain, that a systemic medication is required. A High Desert dermatologist will work with you to determine a plan to control your psoriasis, no matter how minor or severe.