Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterized by the development of red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches are often itchy and can appear on any part of the body, including the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. The condition occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that cause skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Psoriasis can also affect other parts of the body, including the nails and joints, leading to nail changes and joint pain in some cases. While there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are many treatments available to help manage the symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.
What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?
Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
Dry, cracked skin that may bleed or itch
Itching, burning or soreness
Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
Swollen and stiff joints
How is it diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask questions about your health and examine your skin, scalp and nails. Your doctor might take a small sample of skin (biopsy) for examination under a microscope. This helps determine the type of psoriasis and rule out other disorders.
The following specialty medications are available at Ace, a specialty pharmacy for psoriasis.