Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease of the immune system that affects the skin and joints, but can affect your nails and soft tissues near genitals and inside the mouth. It’s a very common and chronic disease that affects approximately 7.5 Million people in the United States. Between 80% and 90% of psoriasis patients experience “plaque psoriasis,” which is characterized by patches of raised, reddish skin covered with silvery-white scale. It can usually be found in your scalp, knees, elbows, hands and feet. There are other forms of psoriasis, including inverse, erythrodermic, pustular, guttate and nailisease. Approximately 80% of patients being treated for Psoriasis have mild to moderate symptoms of the disease.
Psoriasis can occur in all age groups, but primarily affects adults. Up to 40% of patients being treated for psoriasis experience joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis; called Psoriatic Arthritis. Other conditions can be associated with Psoriasis including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. Just like patients with other chronic illnesses, Psoriasis can have a substantial psychological and emotional effects on patients, and depression rates among patients may be as high as 50%.
There is a myriad of treatment options for Psoriasis that range from topical agents to orally taken medications and injections or infusions. Psoriasis is a serious medical condition affecting the immune system. A board-certified dermatologist can evaluate your treatment options to determine which treatment is best for you.