An Expert Perspective on Plaque Psoriasis


Francisco Tausk, MD

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Psoriasis can be a difficult condition to manage; while its most obvious symptoms appear on the outside, the impact of the disease can greatly affect your mental health, as well.

Dermatologist Francisco Tausk, MD, discusses the basics of psoriasis and what he’s learned from treating thousands of patients.

1. Q: What is plaque psoriasis?

A: Plaque psoriasis is a disease of the skin that is characterized primarily by the presence of red plaques, or elevated skin patches, that have an underlying red coloration and are usually covered by silver-colored or white scales. There are some areas of the body where you see it more often, such as the elbows, the knees, the scalp, the belly button, and the buttocks, but it can appear anywhere on the body.

Psoriasis doesn’t have to ruin your life—if you find the right doctor, determine the best treatment, and commit to living a healthy lifestyle, you can stay on top of your condition.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 18, 2017

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