PSORIASIS

WHAT IS PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that can cause itching and/or burning, scaling and crusting of the skin. Over seven million men and women in the U.S. of all ages have some form of psoriasis, which may be mild, moderate or severe. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis cannot be cured but it can be treated successfully, sometimes for months or years at a time. Treatment depends on the type, severity and location of psoriasis, the patient’s age, medical history and the effect the disease has on the patient’s general mental health. The most common treatments are topical medications, phototherapy, photochemotherapy (PUVA), and oral or injectable medication (for severe symptoms).

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