Psoriasis is a skin condition consisting of scaly, inflamed patches of skin often on the elbows, knees, and scalp. It may also be on other areas and may be associated with arthritis. Although the exact cause of psoriasis is unclear, imbalance of the immune system appears to play a role. There can be a genetic component in psoriasis. It is not infectious. Stress may aggravate psoriasis.
Topical treatments include prescription cortisone creams, tar creams, and topical medications derived from vitamins D and A. Patients can come for light therapy in Montgomery. Internal medications include immunosuppressive agents, vitamin A related medication, and immuno-biologic agents.