Psoriasis

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a life-long condition of inflammation that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. There are many different types of psoriasis. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of skin. We do not know why every patient develops psoriasis, as the cause is multi-genetic.

Treatments

While there is no cure for psoriasis there are many effective treatment options available to keep the disease under control. What works for one person, with psoriasis, might not work for another:

  • Topical Treatments – various creams, lotions and gels (often steroids or Vitamin D)
  • Phototherapy – medical light therapy
  • Systemic Treatments – eg. methotrexate, acitretin, cyclosporine
  • Biologic Treatments -eg. etanercept (Enbrel), adalimumab (Humira), infliximab (Remicade), ustekinumab (Stelara)

There are some things psoriasis patients can do to potentially help their psoriasis and reduce the risk of associated health conditions:

  • Quit smoking
  • Get to a healthy weight through diet and exercise
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Recognize that stress can be a trigger for your psoriasis

Health Conditions Associated with Psoriasis

Individuals with psoriasis may develop other health conditions:

  • Psoriatic arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol, depression
  • You can improve your overall health by addressing these issues with your physician.

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