Psoriasis is a chronic lifelong condition that affects approximately 7.5 million Americans. Psoriasis can appear as a recurrent minor skin irritation or can evolve into large, painful and itchy lesions on the skin. Psoriasis most commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso but it can develop anywhere including nails, palms, soles, genitals and face. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate which causes the buildup of psoriasis lesions. There are 5 major types of Psoriasis – Plaque, Guttate, Pustular, Intertriginous, and Erythrodermic. We don’t know what exactly causes psoriasis but we do know that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development.
Here at Dermatology Associates of Seattle we are well known for our Psoriasis patient care. After a consultation we will offer you several treatment options. Depending on the type of psoriasis and its severity we may prescribe medication or suggest phototherapy at our psoriasis treatment facility. We also are currently enrolling patients in psoriasis clinical trials. Book an appointment with one our providers and together we will find a way to make living with Psoriasis more manageable.