Psoriasis is a non-contagious condition in which the skin develops red or pink thickened dry patches. Psoriasis 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 of psoriasis differs in severity, location and appearance. Elbows, knees, scalp and trunk are the most commonly affected areas.
Psoriasis is considered a non-curable, long-term condition. Psoriasis can be controlled with medications to slow down the rapid cell growth and control inflammation. Topical creams and lotions reduce dryness and itching and improve your appearance. Phototherapy treatments using ultraviolet light may be helpful. Your dermatologist may also prescribe body-wide (systemic) medications in the form of pills or injections to control the immune system.
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