WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease affecting nearly 5-7 million people in the US. It consists of raised red patches covered in silvery colored scales. It most commonly occurs on the lower back, knees, elbows, and scalp. However, it can be widespread or also involve the nails or even joints (psoriatic arthritis).
WHAT CAUSES PSORIASIS?
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. However scientific research suggests that a faulty immune system overreacts to cause an increase in the production of skin cells. Instead of growing normally, the skin cells reproduce and mature more quickly causing excess dead skin cells to adhere to the surface of the skin. There is a genetic predisposition but environmental factors such as illness, injuries and even certain medications can trigger an outbreak.
HOW IS PSORIASIS TREATED?
No one treatment is best for everyone. At Natural Image, your doctors will consider your age, overall health, medical history, severity of condition, tolerance of specific medications/procedures as well as your overall opinion/preference in determining your treatment plan. There is no cure for psoriasis but therapies may include: topical creams and ointments, cortisone injections, ultraviolet light, oral or systemic therapies including methotrexate and the newer biologics among others, or even laser.