Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder characterized by pink and silvery scaly plaques that can affect any part of the skin, including the scalp and nails. It is seen in children and adults and can vary in severity. It is caused by an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system of the skin incorrectly signals skin cells to overproduce, thus leading to thickened plaques and rashes on the body. These rashes can be itchy, irritating and can bleed when scratched. And because psoriasis can be unsightly, many psoriasis sufferers complain that it greatly affects them psychosocially, and some don’t want to be seen in public without being fully covered in clothes.
Although there is no known cure for psoriasis, the good news is that there are many good treatments and medications that can significantly improve and control the disease. In the past, people with psoriasis had few options for treatment, usually coming down to a cosmetically unpleasing thick cream or ointment, or a strong oral medication with potentially dangerous side effects. But now there a multiple new approaches to treatment, including safer medications, injectables and laser treatments.