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Genesis Dermatology  >  Medical Dermatology  >  Psoriasis


Psoriasis is a persistent skin condition that usually presents with inflamed, thick, red, shiny scales and patches most often on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis cannot be passed from person to person, however it is likely to be hereditary.

The cause of psoriasis is unknown, however studies point to an abnormality in white cells in the blood stream that trigger inflammation of the skin. Because of the inflammation, the skin sheds too rapidly, every 3 to 4 days.

Treatment of this skin condition is based on the patient’s health, age, lifestyle and severity of the psoriasis. Often, medications are prescribed in a form of cream containing a cortisone-like compound, synthetic vitamin D, tar or anthralin used sometimes in combination with natural sunlight or ultraviolet light. If the condition is more severe it may require oral medications, with or without light treatment.

For more information, please visit www.psoriasis.org