Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery or red patches of skin. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Psoriasis is a skin problem that causes a rash with thick, scaly patches. It can also cause problems in the joints and changes in the nails.

Psoriasis can run in families. It can start after an illness or injury to the skin. The cause of psoriasis is not known. You cannot catch it from someone else.

A healthy lifestyle can help. This means regular exercise, plenty of rest, a healthy diet and reducing stress. Alcohol and tobacco use can make psoriasis worse. Spending some time in the sun tends to help.

There are different kinds of medicine for psoriasis. The kind your doctor prescribes is based on how bad your psoriasis is. Some medicines are creams or lotions that you rub onto your skin. There are also pills that people with more severe psoriasis can take. People with very bad psoriasis may need to get shots.

Your doctor may recommend phototherapy in addition to medicines. This involves exposing your skin to special lights.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.