Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that produces red papules that merge together into patches of thickened skin. Psoriasis results from an excessively rapid proliferation of skin cells which are triggered by abnormal lymphocytes.
Psoriasis can show up anywhere on the body and each site requires a different set of treatments. Yet, the most common places for psoriasis to occur are on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Over time, psoriasis spontaneously gets better and worse and can have periodic remissions with clear skin. In fact, many individuals notice that their psoriasis gets worse during the colder winter months.
It is important to note that psoriasis is not contagious, but must rather be inherited. Most individuals get diagnosed within their early adult years. In the United States, psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million Americans. Psoriasis can be controlled with the use of medication; however, there is currently no cure.
If you have further questions, then please don't wait to call the Park Ridge skin care doctor at International Vein & Skin Institute! We are more than happy to review your skin problems and help you find a treatment that works! Schedule an appointment today.