Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes cells to build rapidly on the skin’s surface. The build up of skin cells forms thick, scaly patches on the skin that can be itchy, dry, red, and sometimes painful. The psoriasis patches can be limited to a few spots or cover much larger areas of the skin. Psoriasis is a common disease that is chronic and persistent. There is no cure for psoriasis but treatment can offer relief of symptoms. Psoriasis can go through cycles where it flares and then subsides into remission. Several different types of psoriasis exist. Some of the most common forms include:
The symptoms of psoriasis vary from person to person. Any of the following may be present:
Seek medical advice if your signs and symptoms worsen to the degree where it causes you pain and discomfort, makes you concerned about your appearance, or leads to joint problems such as swelling.
Though psoriasis cannot be cured, there are treatments available which can stop the skin cells from growing so rapidly. This effectively reduces inflammation and plaque formation. Some topical treatments can remove the scales on the skin leaving it feeling smoother. If you suspect that you may have psoriasis, see your doctor for an examination. Your doctor will be able to discuss treatment options with you to plan or modify your approach and ensure the best possible control of your symptoms.
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