Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease, affects all ages.

Red, scaly patches on the body, scalp, elbows, knees are most common. The skin may itch and even be painful; sometimes there are no symptoms.

The cause of psoriasis is unknown, although more recent science is pointing to an autoimmune molecular mechanism for this (overactive immune system). There appears to be a complicated genetic predisposition, so it often runs in families. However, up to 40% of all cases don’t have any family history.

Treatment for psoriasis can be managed with topical medications for milder cases. Light treatments, laser treatments (Xtrac), and oral or injectable drugs may be necessary for more extensive cases. Many new therapies for psoriasis have been advanced in recent years, so there is much hope for the successful treatment of psoriasis, which is often called the “heartbreak” of psoriasis.

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