Psoriasis is a non-contagious condition in which the skin develops red or pink thickened dry patches. It occurs in all age groups and can be mild or severe. The disease is due to an abnormality in the immune system, causing rapid skin cell proliferation and build up of dead cells on the skin's surface. Psoriasis has several clinical presentations. Each type differs in severity, location, and appearance. Elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk are the most commonly affected areas.
Although it is considered a non-curable, long-term condition, psoriasis can be controlled with medications to slow down the rapid cell growth and inflammation. Topical creams and lotions reduce dryness and itching and improve your appearance. Phototherapy treatments using ultraviolet light can be helpful. Your dermatologist may also prescribe body-wide (systemic) medications in the form of pills or injections to control the immune system.
* individual results may vary