4 Things I Wish My Patients Knew About Psoriasis

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Francisco Tausk, MD

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that is characterized primarily by the presence of itchy, red plaques, or patches, on the skin that are usually covered by white scales. It’s a difficult disease to live with, as it can be physically uncomfortable and also impact the emotional health and confidence of patients. Fortunately, we live in a time when treatment options for psoriasis are numerous and effective. But it’s important that patients understand their condition and the treatments in order to get the best results. Understanding several disease-related issues may allow our patients to manage their disease better:

There are many treatment options for psoriasis, and they all come with risks and benefits. Ultimately, whether you treat with topical creams, light therapy, or medications, you and your doctor will decide the best treatment path together.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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