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Psoriasis is a dermatological condition that causes the build-up of skin cells on the skin. Instead of shedding the skin normally, it forms patches that may become thick, inflamed, and painful. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but symptoms and ‘flare-ups’ may come and go. Most patients require medications to remove psoriasis plaques and also prevent their formation.

Many psoriasis treatments are applied topically, such as corticosteroids, synthetic vitamin D, anthralin and topical retinoids. Others – especially those given for severe psoriasis – are administered orally.

Did you know…

that psoriasis affect more than 7 million people in the U.S. alone? That’s in keeping with worldwide statistics that show psoriasis affects between 2 and 3 percent of the global population. Although it is not discriminatory of gender, this uncomfortable skin disease does seem to affect certain populations of people more than others. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, psoriasis is most common among people in Scandinavia and northern Europe.