Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but the symptoms can be managed. Treatments range from topical creams to closely monitored medications depending upon the severity of the disease.
Lifestyle measures, such as moisturizing, quitting smoking, and managing stress may help. Recent research has shown that patients with psoriasis have an increased risk of coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease. Yearly physicals with your primary care physician are recommended to reduce controllable risk factors.