Psoriasis is a common, chronic skin condition that involves a rapid production of skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and form scales, patches and other unwanted symptoms. These patches usually develop on the scalp, elbows, hands, feet and genitals. Over seven million people in the US are affected by psoriasis, including men, women, and children of all ages.
While there is no cure currently available for this chronic condition, there are several treatment options available to effectively relieve the symptoms of psoriasis. These include topical treatment from several different classes of medications, oral medication, light therapies, excimer laser or a combination of the above. For the most complex cases of psoriasis, a class of injectable medications known as “biologics” may be needed and will require close management by a doctor.