Psoriasis is a common and painful skin disease in which the life cycle of skin cells speeds up. This causes the extra skin cells to form thick and red patches covered by scaly white discolorations, referred to as plaques. These plaques most commonly occur on the scalp, knees and elbows, but can occur on any part of the body. If severe, some forms of Psoriasis can lead to painful joint conditions.
It is most common in people between the ages of 15 - 30 and 50-60, but can begin at any age.
For many people, psoriasis is a chronic disease that affects their daily lives. The unpredictable nature of psoriasis causes it to be a nuisance, seeing as it can flare up weekly or monthly for some. Others may only have occasional flare-ups.
Psoriasis is an incurable condition that usually comes and goes. There are many treatments available to keep the disease manageable, including topical and systemic medicines and UV treatments.
Island Dermatology will help you take an active role in managing psoriasis by educating, treating, and helping you develop a healthy lifestyle around the disease.