New Treatment Options for Psoriasis


Paul Yamauchi, MD PhD

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Psoriasis is a serious autoimmune disease that causes a rapid buildup of cells on the surface of your skin, triggering the formation of red, scaly plaques. Psoriasis can also result in the development of psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and other inflammatory diseases. Basically, if you have psoriasis, your immune system is in overdrive.

Thankfully, treatment options for psoriasis, especially for patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, have been revolutionized in the past 15 years with the introduction of biologics, a type of genetically-engineered medication meant to inhibit specific functions of the immune system.  Since then, treatment options for psoriasis have become more and more targeted, and more and more effective.

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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