Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease where inflammation in the body causes a thick rash to appear on the skin. This occurs because the overactive immune system speeds up the skin cell growth. As a result, the skin cells pile up o the surface of the skin, creating raised plaques.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly.
There is no cure for psoriasis, but the symptoms can be managed. Treatments range from topical creams to injectable medication, depending upon the severity of the disease.
At this time, it is still unclear what causes the inflammation and dysfunction in the immune system. Lifestyle measures, such as moisturizing, quitting smoking, and managing stress, may help. Recent research has shown that patients with psoriasis have an increased risk of coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease. Yearly physicals with your primary care physician are recommended to reduce controllable risk factors.