What is Psoriasis?
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Did you know that 3% of the world’s population has some form of psoriasis and there are about 150,000 new cases every year? Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes cells to build up on your skin’s surface which leads to raised patches of skin that develops into silver scales. Side effects include itchiness and skin irritation that can be painful.
There are several different types if psoriasis including nail psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, scalp psoriasis and more. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but genetics may play a role in the condition.
Treatments have made great advancements through the years. From over the counter ointments to prescription medication and light therapy.
Dr. Jessica Clark, of our Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology Panama City Beach Office, explains Psoriasis and the many treatment options available.