Psoriasis is a chronic disorder that usually appears as thick, red or white flaky patches. It most often appears on the elbows, knees or mid-section, and scalp though it can appear anywhere on the body. In addition to causing itchy and discomfort, these symptoms often make patients feel self-conscious about the appearance of their skin. It is unclear what causes someone to develop psoriasis, however genetics play an important role.
There are many different types of psoriasis, which will determine your treatment. Moderate to severe psoriasis can be associated with systemic disease including arthritis, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. Dr. McDaniel will work with you to determine the best treatment, including topical, oral, injectable medications including the class of drug known as biologics.
For more information on psoriasis, please visit aad.org.