What is Psoriasis and what causes it?
Psoriasis is a chronic auto-immune disease that mainly affects the skin, although it can affect the joints and other organ systems. Psoriasis can be physically and mentally devastating, greatly affecting a person’s professional and personal life.
How is Psoriasis diagnosed?
Diagnosis is usually made based on the appearance alone, but your dermatologist may want to take a biopsy to exclude other skin conditions.
How is Psoriasis treated?
There are many potential treatments for psoriasis and your dermatologist will help you decide what is best for you. You may be started on topical medications such as steroids, Vitamin-D, or retionoids. The goal of these is to help regulate skin production. Some patients find relief of symptoms with targeted UV light treatments.
Persistent or more severe cases may warrant systemic therapy. These are given in oral or injectable forms. Examples include methotrexate, cyclosporine, Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade. Psoriasis is a lifelong condition, and your dermatologist is your best ally in coming up with a plan to help you combat psoriasis.