At Hattiesburg Clinic Skin Care, Steven C. Shapiro, MD, provides treatment of general skin disorders.
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition where cells build up and form red, scaly patches on the skin. Oftentimes psoriasis is itchy and sometimes painful. Skin cells build too quickly to be shed and most commonly occurs on the knees, elbows, lower back and scalp. Psoriasis may look contagious, but is not, and is typically inherited. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. Psoriasis affects approximately 7.5 million Americans, of which about 80% have plaque psoriasis.
A patient will need to be properly diagnosed as to if they have psoriasis and what type. The doctor may examine the patient, investigate the family history and ask about potential triggers such as stress. They may even do a biopsy and view the skin under a microscope.
There are several treatment options available for psoriasis and a patient will work with their provider to determine the best coarse of action. There are oral prescriptions, photo therapy, topical treatments or biologics to treat psoriasis.