The most common form of this challenging skin disease is plaque psoriasis. It is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflamed, raised areas which develop silvery scales, most commonly on the knees, elbows, hands, feet and scalp, although any area of the body can be involved. The disease affects around 6 million people in the U.S., and it has a dramatic impact on quality of life for many. Living with psoriasis can often be an emotional as well as physical burden.
To treat the disease effectively, your doctor must be well-versed in a variety of approaches including the selection and monitoring of several powerful medications. Our experienced, board-certified dermatologists are ready to work with you.
Today there are more treatments available than ever before. Depending on the location, extent and severity of your psoriasis your regimen may include some combination of the following: topical steroids, retinoids or vitamin D analogs, oral "systemic" medications such as oral retinoids. In more severe cases, treatments may include "biologics" that help to modify your body's immune response or phototherapy (medical light therapy). Your dermatologist will discuss the hierarchy of treatment options appropriate for your skin type and disease severity, and work with you toward a clearer, happier you.
Unfortunately, there is no single treatment that works for everyone, but it's very likely that, working together, you and your dermatologist can find the right path for you. For more information on psoriasis, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation website.
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