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Psoriasis is a noncontagious, chronic, non-curable chronic inflammatory skin disease that produces thickened scaly skin most commonly on the elbows, knees, and scalp.  The affected areas can be mild or extensive affecting the entire body surface.  A predisposition for psoriasis is inherited in genes and can be initiated by environmental triggers.  Although there is no cure psoriasis can be controlled with medication and new therapies such as biologic drugs are promising.  Up to 3% of U.S. population is affected.  Psoriasis can occur at any age but most people are diagnosed in the early adult years. There are different types of psoriasis.  It can just involve the nails and scalp.  The joints can be affected in about one-third of psoriasis patients.  Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are common in psoriasis patients.  Because there is a tendency for cardiovascular disease and diabetes patients should be carefully monitored by their primary care doctor as well. There are different treatments of Psoriasis that include light treatments, topical medications, oral medications, and injections/infusions.  Treatment is determined by type of psoriasis and severity of skin involved.   Psoriasis is controllable and prognosis is good for most patients.  The National Psoriasis Foundation is good source for psoriasis patients. For more information about Psoriasis, consult Dr. Marie in New York.

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