Psoriasis

getty_rm_photo_of_illustration_of_psoriasisPsorasis is an irritating autoimmune skin disorder that presents with rashes due to an increase of cell production. These cells under the skin raise to the skin surface and manifest in raised red plaque. There are several types of psoriasis that present in their own unique way in different regions of the body as well as having different contributing triggers. Symptoms of psoriasis flares include: red patches of skin, crusty scalp patches, and fingernail/toenail color change and pitting.

Individuals who have psoriasis may present with joint pain and swelling, which can be attributed to Psoriatic Arthritis. The National Psoriasis Foundation estimates that between 10% to 30% of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.

Treatment

Psorasis is generally treated initially with topical creams, light therapy, and oral medications such as methotrexate. Newer treatments for people with severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are now available and have been found to be quite effective. These new biological drugs focus on controlling the immune response of the body.

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Infusion and injectable treatment medications include: