Psoriasis is a genetic condition affecting 2 percent of the population.  Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory condition that may cause joint pains and nail changes.  It commonly affects the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back.   Common treatments include topical steroids, tar preparations, vitamin D analogs, tazorac, protopic, ultraviolet light therapy, acitretin, methotrexate, Otezla and a host of newer biologic medications.

The treatments for psoriasis have improved drastically in the recent years.  Research has provided us with many safer and more effective therapies than were previously available.

Treatment is always tailored to the individual.