Psoriasis is a long-lasting skin disorder in which skin cells reproduce much faster than normal. This causes red, scaly patches on the limbs, trunk, scalp and other parts of the body. While a normal skin cell matures and falls off the body within 30 days, a psoriatic skin cell takes only three or four days to mature and move to the surface. Instead of falling off, the cells pile up and form the lesions.
Though not contagious, the scaling and unpleasant appearance of psoriasis lesions (especially if left untreated) can cause embarrassment, and be a significant source of anxiety or depression. Psoriasis can also interfere with sleep and make everyday tasks difficult.
Although there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are multiple treatments available that can typically lead to a clearing of symptoms. Whatever the treatment, the goal is to stop skin cell overgrowth. Our dermatologists may administer topical or oral medications and biologic agents to block the activation of skin cells.
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