Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that most commonly appears as thick scaly areas located on the scalp, elbows, knees, and buttocks. It can range from mild to severe and can sometimes be associated with joint inflammation and arthritis.
It is not known what causes psoriasis. However, there is a definite genetic component to the disease.
Psoriasis is common worldwide and has an incidence of 0.1-3% of the world population. Psoriasis affects adults and children, both women and men of all races.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that tends to wax and wane over time. It can be treated very effectively with medications and the symptoms can be improved dramatically. At this time, however, there is no definitive cure for psoriasis.
The goal of therapy is to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. Depending on the subtype and severity of psoriasis, there is a range of therapeutic options. Treatment regimens usually begin with topical steroids, topical immunomodulators, and can progress to oral medications if necessary.
There is a new class of medications called “biologics” which can be extremely effective in patients with severe psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis.
Spectrum Dermatology provides expertise, knowledge and passion to medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Our experience and reputation make Spectrum Dermatology one of the most sought-after dermatologist in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area. For more information or to set up an appointment please contact us at (480) 948-8400.