This is a group of inflammatory skin conditions, which can cause itching, burning, crusting, and scaling of the skin. It is a common condition, affecting about seven million Americans. It appears most often on the knees, elbows, hands, feet, scalp, and genitals.
At this point, there is no permanent cure for psoriasis, but it can be controlled thanks to innovative new treatment options. Treatment can prevent breakouts for months or years at a time; in some cases it does not return. The best treatment depends on several factors, including the age and health of the patient, as well as the emotional impact of the disease. Treatment may include photochemotherapy (PUVA), phototherapy, topical medications, or (for severe symptoms) oral or injectable medication.