Psoriasis affects people of all ages, but usually first appears in early adulthood. Symptoms can:
- Vary from mild (affecting small areas of skin) to severe (covering the entire surface of the skin)
- Cause extensive physical and social discomfort and affect a person's quality of life
Psoriasis is often genetic, meaning you inherit it. If you have genes that put you at risk for psoriasis, symptoms can be triggered by things like:
- Certain drugs
- Sun exposure
The good news is that most cases of psoriasis can be managed by topical treatment with vitamin D, corticosteroids or combination products. There is now a wide variety of formulations available, from creams and ointments to gels, to meet a person's needs.
If symptoms are severe or cover a lot of the body, phototherapy with ultraviolet radiation or systemic therapy (tablets, injections, infusions) may be considered. Talk to your doctor to learn more about treatment options.
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