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Medical Dermatology

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a very common inflammatory skin condition estimated to affect about 4% of the population. Psoriasis presents as red scaly plaques with sharp borders on any part of the body, but some of the most common locations are elbows, knees, scalp and genitals. Psoriasis can also affect the fingernails and toenails causing deformity. About 15% of psoriasis patients also have a related joint disease called psoriatic arthritis that can cause joint damage. Psoriasis can be extremely itchy for some patients and not very itchy for others. For many people, when the psoriasis is on areas of skin not covered by clothes it can be a source of embarrassment and even lead to anxiety and depression. Fortunately, there are many excellent treatments for psoriasis, all of which we offer at Skin Win Dermatology. Many different topical medications can be rubbed into the skin. Laser light from the Xtrac laser can melt plaques away. For the most severe cases some types of pills and injected medication are very useful and quite safe. Every patient is different. If you are suffering from psoriasis or not sure if you have psoriasis, come in to be seen today.

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