Psoriasis is the most common skin disease in the US, with 1% of the population affected. About 30% of the time, it is associated with arthritis in the joints. Psoriasis affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick, silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful.
Psoriasis is a persistent, long-lasting (chronic) disease. You may have periods when your Psoriasis symptoms improve or go into remission alternating with times your Psoriasis worsens.
Psoriasis treatments can be divided into three main types: topical treatments, light therapy and systemic medications. Psoriasis treatments, in particular topicals, aim to interrupt the cycle that causes an increased production of skin cells, thereby reducing inflammation and plaque formation. Treatments also target the removal of scales and smoothing of the skin.
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