Risks of Not Treating Psoriasis

By

Laura Marusinec, MD    

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Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes thick, red, scaly patches called plaques to develop. These plaques can be itchy, painful, and embarrassing. For many people, having psoriasis means dealing not only with the symptoms, but also with the treatments. These include creams and ointments that can be messy, oral or injectable medications that can be expensive and come with serious risks and side effects, and light treatments that can be inconvenient and time-consuming. And for most people, treatment or prevention of psoriasis flares is a life-long commitment.

Dealing with a psoriasis diagnosis can be overwhelming, but these patients share tips on how to stay in control--and even thrive--with psoriasis.

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

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