Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes cells to build up on the surface of your skin, leading to the formation of itchy, dry, red, sometimes painful patches and silvery scales. Because psoriasis is chronic, you may experience periods when your symptoms subside and other periods of intense or continuous flare-ups.
Lifestyle steps such as taking daily baths, applying a heavy, ointment-based moisturizer when your skin is still damp and avoiding potential symptom triggers, such as stress, alcohol, and smoking, may help improve the texture and appearance of your skin. However, medical treatments are often needed for significant improvement.
While there’s no known cure for psoriasis, symptoms can often be reduced.Treatment aims to stop skin cells from growing as rapidly while relieving any pain or discomfort. Useful options may include over-the-counter cortisone creams, light therapy, prescription creams, drugs or injections and laser treatments.
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