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Psoriasis

Another common chronic skin disease people tend to suffer from is psoriasis, which is characterized by thick, red patches of skin that are also covered in scaly white discolorations. These patches are usually referred to as plaques and can occur on the scalp, knees, and elbows, but they can also occur in other parts of the body as well and can be small or fairly large in size. In some cases, psoriasis can be so bad that it leads to painful joint conditions.

Like eczema and other skin conditions, psoriasis can occur at any age, though it is most commonly first diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 30. About 75 percent of patients will develop psoriasis before the age of 40, though it can also be developed between 50 and 60 years old.

Psoriasis affects one in 50 people worldwide, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, and while it is not curable, it can be managed with the right type of treatments and management. 

In some cases, psoriasis is nothing more than a nuisance to the person who has it. But, other times, it can be severe enough to affect every aspect of your life, due to the unpredictable nature of the disease. Since it is a chronic disease, those with psoriasis may experience any number flare-ups; from the occasional flare-up to weekly ones.

If you have or think you have psoriasis, make an appointment with one of the team members here at Liberty Lake Dermatology. They can help to diagnosis the problem and help come up with an effective care plan, from medicines to lifestyle changes that can be made to help manage and control flare-ups.