Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches or plaques that are sometimes painful. Plaques can appear in several forms, range in intensity from mild to severe, and can occur anywhere, but typically they occur on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back.
For some people, psoriasis is just a nuisance, for others it’s quite debilitating. Its exact cause is unknown, but research suggests that a problem with the immune system is involved. It is a persistent, and chronic disease that has no cure, but SKIN Cosmetic Dermatology can offer good treatment to offer relief, and help symptoms go into remission. Dr. Brooks will customize a treatment plan for you, which may include topical medications, phototherapy, photochemotherapy (PUVA), and oral or injectable medication (for severe symptoms).