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About Psoriasis

WHEN SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR ABOUT MY PSORIASIS?

  • If you or your family doctor suspect psoriasis, you should seek out the advice of a dermatologist. Psoriasis is linked to other serious medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and depression. The sooner you start to work with your dermatologist to control your symptoms, the better the outlook for your long-term well-being.8

WHAT IS THE PROGNOSIS?

  • While there is no cure, psoriasis can be controlled with various treatment options, including: topical creams, light or photo therapy, and oral or injected medications.8
  • Taking control of your condition and working with a dermatologist to find a treatment plan that best controls your symptoms can improve your quality of life and reduce its impact on your day-to-day activities.9

ARE THERE TREATMENTS FOR PSORIASIS?

On the horizon

  • Current research on psoriasis is:
    • Examining the role of genetics;
    • Developing new treatments that inhibit the skin’s reaction to the immune system;
    • Studying the link between psoriasis with other medical conditions (obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes).4

REFERENCES

  1. Psoriasis: Definition. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/basics/definition/con-20030838. Published 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.
  2. Psoriasis. Canadian Dermatology Association. http://www.dermatology.ca/skin-hair-nails/skin/psoriasis/#!/skin-hair-nails/skin/psoriasis/what-is-psoriasis/. Published 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.
  3. About Psoriasis. National Psoriasis Foundation. https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis. Published 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.
  4. Psoriasis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/psoriasis/psoriasis_ff.asp. Published November 2014. Accessed August 22, 2016.
  5. Psoriasis: Symptoms. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/basics/symptoms/con-20030838. Published 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.
  6. Psoriasis: Causes. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/basics/causes/con-20030838. Published 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.
  7. Psoriasis: Risk Factors. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/basics/risk-factors/con-20030838. Published 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.
  8. Treatments and Drugs. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/basics/treatment/con-20030838. Published 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.
  9. Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/scaly-skin/psoriasis#treatment. Published 2016. Accessed August 22, 2016.