Psoriasis is a persistent skin disorder in which there are red, thickened areas with silvery scales, most often on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. Severe psoriasis may cover large areas of the body. Psoriasis is not contagious, but it is most likely to occur in members of the same family. The cause is unknown.
The dermatologist will diagnose by examining the skin, nails and scalp and will determine a course of treatment. The goal is to reduce inflammation and to control shedding of the skin. Treatment is based on a patient’s health, age, lifestyle and the severity of the psoriasis. Different types of treatments are available on a case-by-case basis and several visits to your dermatologist may be necessary.