Psoriasis is a chronic disease that develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly ̶ in days rather than weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin cells, instead, cells pile up on the surface of the skin, causing plaques or patches of psoriasis to appear. These patches tend to be red with coarse white or silvery scaling. The patches may be small and limited to certain areas, and they may also be large (plaques) and cover much wider areas. The elbows, knees and scalp are commonly involved, though psoriasis can appear anywhere on the skin.
Types of Psoriasis
There are several types of psoriasis:
Psoriatic arthritis occurs in about 5% of people with psoriasis. They may or may not have skin involvement.
You cannot get psoriasis from touching someone who has it. Genetic factors play a significant role in this condition. Though, frequently, there may be no family history of psoriasis.
Treatment for Psoriasis
Treatment of psoriasis may involve the use of creams, ointments, and lotions to control and suppress the formation of the patches. There are additional measures that can be taken, often quite successfully.
We are happy to perform a comprehensive consultation to diagnose and formulate a treatment plan that works best for you.
Contact Dr. Brian Mekelburg in Los Angeles today, for a comprehensive exam and consultation of your psoriasis.