Developing a rash that doesn’t go away? Consider contacting your provider.

Psoriasis causes red, scaly, raised patches on the skin – most commonly on the outside of elbows, knees, and scalp. The exact cause is unknown; however, the immune system and genetics play a key role in developing this disease. Psoriasis is not contagious, and the skin lesions are not infectious. While you can manage symptoms of Psoriasis, there is no cure.

Signs & Symptoms:

·         Red patches of skin with thick, silvery scales

·         Itching, soreness, or burning

·         Swollen and stiff joints

·         Dry, cracked skin

·         Thickened, ridged or pitted nails

Diagnosis is made from an examination by your provider or dermatologist, sometimes a biopsy may be taken.

Treatments include:

·         Topicals – Applied to skin. Usually the first treatment option.

·         Phototherapy – Exposing the skin to ultraviolet light in a Psoriasis clinic, doctor’s office, or at home with phototherapy unit.

·         Systemics – Taken orally or by injection for moderate-severe Psoriasis

·         Biologics – Given by injection or IV infusion for moderate-severe Psoriasis

·         New oral treatments available

·         Complementary & Alternative treatments

Resources: psoriasis.org, mayclinic.org

By Aubrie  Keller, RN

Adair County Health System

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