Basics & Treatment


• Overview
• Causes & Risk Factors
• Symptoms
• Diagnosis
• Your Healthcare Team
• Questions to Ask Your Doctor
• Quiz: How Severe is Your Psoriasis?

• Never Tried a Biologic?
• What Your Dermatologist Needs
  to Know

• Topical Treatments
• Phototherapy Treatments

• Body-Wide Medications
• When Your Treatment is Denied
  by Your Insurance Company

• Look Your Best With Psoriasis!
• Feel Your Best With Psoriasis
• Your Answer to Smoother,
  Clearer Skin—Found!

• Take Charge of Your Psoriasis
  and Protect Your Whole Body!

• Got Psoriasis? Try These Simple
  Skin-Care Tips

• Quiz: Test Your Psoriasis Smarts
• Simple Ways to Better Your Life
• Ask the Experts: Dating Tips
  and More
• Let Summer Soothe Your Psoriasis
• Lifestyle Adjustments to Help
  Ease Psoriasis


Although it appears on the skin, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. It happens when skin cells are produced too rapidly and pile up on the surface of the skin before they have a chance to mature. More than 7 million people in the United States have psoriasis, and it affects men and women about equally. It often appears between the ages of 15 and 35, but can affect people of all ages and races.
The good news is that there's never been a better time than now to be diagnosed with psoriasis. That's because much has changed in recent years about how we understand the disease and its effects on the body. With many skin-clearing options out there, chances are good you’ll find a treatment that works for you. When picking your personal plan of attack, you and your dermatologist will likely consider two factors: 1) How much of your skin is covered by psoriasis and 2) How bad your symptoms are—and that includes how psoriasis affects your life.

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