Psoriasis is a common skin condition. It presents itself as thick, silvery, scaly plaques over inflamed, red, and often itchy patches of skin. Psoriasis often appears on skin of the knees, elbows, behind the ears and on the scalp. Skin in psoriasis undergoes rapid proliferation as a result of increased inflammatory signals to the skin cells. Psoriasis can also affect the nails with very characteristic nail pits. Nail psoriasis may mimic nail fungus.
Psoriasis can affect also the joints, causing joint destruction and pain.
Though the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, certain genetic links have been identified. There are many cosmetic concerns and social changes associated with psoriasis. Unfortunately stress, injury, infection, medication or trauma can also worsen the condition.
There are many treatments available to treat psoriasis. These treatment options include topical medications, UV light treatment, traditional systemic anti-psoriatic medications such as methotrexate or Soriatane, as well as the new generation of biologic agents such as Enbrel or Humira.
Dr. Kormeili is an expert in psoriasis, and has both been involved in clinical trials testing medicines for psoriasis and published widely on the topic. To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Kormeili to evaluate and discuss your psoriasis or skin conditions, please contact our office.