Did You Know? Psoriasis often appears between the ages of 15 and 25
Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S. According to recent studies approximately 7.5 million Americans and as many 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis. This resource is intended to help you educate your patients on what psoriasis is, common types and treatment options.
01 | What is Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a non-contagious autoimmune disease that mainly affects the skin. Psoriasis appears as a reddish, scaly rash which is commonly found over the surfaces of the scalp, around or in the ears, the elbows, knees, navel, genitals and buttocks.
Psoriasis causes the skin to quickly build up in the affected area, due to skin production being faster than the body’s ability to shed it. This results in scaly patches, also known as psoriatic plaques, in the areas of inflammation and excessive skin production.
02 | Types of Psoriasis
There are several types of psoriasis, the following is a list of the most common types of psoriasis:
03 | Treatment Options
Psoriasis treatments aim to stop the cells from growing so quickly to reduce inflammation, remove scales and smooth the skin. Treatment options can be categorized by the following types:
Treatment options vary based on the type of psoriasis and severity. Discuss your symptoms and medical history with your medical provider to establish a roadmap for care.
For additional information and resources about psoriasis visit: www.mayoclinic.org