Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by an unusually rapid growth of skin cells, resulting in thick, red, white, or scaly patches usually on the knees, elbows, hands, feet, scalp, or back. These patches vary in size and can occur anywhere on the body. There are many treatments that can help ease the symptoms of psoriasis, such as cortisone treatment, retinoids, light therapy, and biologic agents.
In addition to these treatments, synthetic fabrics should be avoided in favor of cotton and using a humidifier may help. Emollients and moisturizers can help prevent the itch of dry skin and reduce scaling and inflammation.
A balanced diet with plenty of water and sufficient sleep can help you to avoid feeling tired and stressed, which can aggravate the skin. Individualized treatment can greatly control and improve psoriasis.
Dr. Finkelstein has received significant training regarding the treatment of psoriasis and presents lectures to other health care providers on the subject.