Understanding Psoriasis -- the Basics
WebMD's guide to psoriasis, including types, symptoms, and causes.
Psoriasis - Symptoms
The classic symptoms of psoriasis are raised, red patches of skin topped with loose, silvery scales, usually on the knees or elbows.
Phototherapy for Psoriasis
Phototherapy is the use of ultraviolet (UV) light to slow the rapid growth of new skin cells. This is helpful in treating psoriasis, which causes skin cells to grow too rapidly. There are two types of ultraviolet (UV) light therapy: ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA).Phototherapy may be given in a variety of places, such as in a hospital or doctor's office, in your home (UVB), or at a ...
Psoriasis - Treatment Overview
Currently there is no cure for psoriasis. However, many types of treatment are available.
Psoriasis - Cause
The exact cause of psoriasis is not known. Many scientists believe that the condition is inherited.
Psoriasis is a chronic,inflammatory skin disease characterized by dry,reddish (erythematous),thickened patches of skin that are covered with silvery-gray scales. These patches may be referred to as papules or plaques and most often affect the scalp,elbows,knees,hands,feet and/or lower back. The plaques may be intensely itchy (pruritis) or sore. In some cases,individuals with psoriasis ...
Psoriasis Vulgaris Erythematous
Psoriasis vulgaris. Well-delineated erythematous plaque located on the elbow of a child with psoriasis.
Psoriasis vulgaris, scalp and nail findings. Pinpoint pits and distal onycholysis (so-called "oil-spot" discoloration) seen in the fingernails of a child with psoriasis.
Psoriasis Vulgaris Plaque
Psoriasis vulgaris, Koebner phenomenon. Well-delineated erythematous plaque with a silvery-white scale characteristic of psoriasis.
Stress and Psoriasis
Studies have shown that stress and psoriasis go together. In fact, some people have their first flare of psoriasis during a particularly stressful time.