Psoriasis is a very common immune-mediated inflammatory disease of the skin that occurs in about 3 percent of the population. It causes the body to make new cells in days, rather than weeks. As these cells pile up on the surface of your skin, they produce red, scaly plaques with thickened skin. While psoriasis can occur on all areas of the body, it is particularly common on elbows, knees, the scalp, the lower back and the umbilicus.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition that currently has no cure. Psoriasis can also be associated with psoriatic arthritis, and about 30 to 40 percent of patients with psoriasis may develop psoriatic arthritis at some point in their lives.
There are many different kinds of psoriasis. That is why it is critical for you to get a proper evaluation and diagnosis, so a treatment plan can be built for you as soon as possible. Because psoriasis can be a lifelong disease, regular appointments with a board certified dermatologist or experienced provider are critical to help you gain control, feel better and improve your overall health to prevent the psoriasis from worsening.
Types of Psoriasis
Vitiligo is a skin disease that causes the skin to lose its natural color, replacing it with patches of lighter skin. Severity of vitiligo can range from a few patches to larger sections of the skin being affected.
Vitiligo can affect other parts of your body as well. Some patients have lost skin color in their hair, mouth or eyes.