Psoriasis - Health Tools
An interactive tool to help with decisions about psoriasis.
Psoriasis - Surgery
Surgery is not used to treat psoriasis on the skin or scalp. However, surgery may be used to treat severely disfigured or damaged nails from psoriasis. Surgical removal of a nail may be done in a clinic or doctor's office as an outpatient procedure.
Psoriasis: Skin, Scalp, and Nail Care
Key pointsIf you have psoriasis, your skin is very sensitive. To protect your skin, avoid: Skin care products that irritate your skin.Scratching and picking your skin, and skin injuries such as cuts or scrapes.Cold, dry climates. Cold weather causes symptoms to become worse.The most important thing you can do is to keep your skin moist and lubricated. Use moisturizing creams, ointments, and ...
Psoriasis - Other Treatment
Read about phototherapy and other psoriasis treatments.
Types of Psoriasis - Topic Overview
The major types of psoriasis include the following. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type. Nearly 90% of people with psoriasis have this type. Symptoms of plaque psoriasis include: 1 Round or oval sores that range from 0.39 in. (0.99 cm) to many inches (centimeters) wide,and may expand into patches. Sores that are red and covered with loose,silvery,scaling skin. Sores that are usually ...
Psoriasis - When To Call a Doctor
Find out when to call a doctor about psoriasis.
Psoriasis - What Increases Your Risk
Read about risk factors for psoriasis.
Psoriasis - Topic Overview
Learn about psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin.
Nail Psoriasis - Topic Overview
Psoriasis of the nail can be very hard to treat,and treatment is not always successful. Treatment is aimed at the white half-moon–shaped root of the nail (the matrix). Your doctor may recommend that you rub 1.0% fluorouracil solution (such as Fluoroplex) into the area where the nail and skin meet (skin fold) twice a day. Another option is flurandrenolide-impregnated tape (such as Cordran) ...
Psoriasis - Symptoms
The classic symptoms of psoriasis are raised, red patches of skin topped with loose, silvery scales, usually on the knees or elbows.