Psoriasis is not curable but it is controllable. Psoriasis is an inflammatory disorder of the skin and the most common type is characterized by scaly, flaky, thick scales on the limbs, chest and scalp. It is not contagious and there is a genetic component to its cause. There has been increasing research and development into medications that can help psoriasis and increase the time between outbreaks. Psoriasis treatments include topical medications, light therapy and systemic (oral treatments). The best step is to have a consultation with a dermatologist to obtain a proper diagnosis regarding the type of psoriasis and to review all treatment options.
Dr. Lisa Kellett, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), D.A.B.D. is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, a member of the Canadian Dermatology Association, the Canadian Laser Aesthetic Surgery Society and the Toronto Dermatological Society. She has published scientific papers on skin care topics and acts as an advisor in developing laser technology and to the Canadian Medical Protective Association. For more information, visit www.dlkonavenue.com and www.skinlibrary.com.