Psoriasis is a skin condition consisting of scaly, inflamed patches of skin usually on the elbows, knees and scalp. Over seven million men and women in the U.S. have some form of psoriasis. It may be mild, moderate or severe. In some cases it is associated with arthritis of the hands, knees and back.
Treatment of psoriasis depends on the type, severity and location; the patient's age, medical history and lifestyle; and the effect the disease has on the patient's general mental health. Topical treatments consist of prescription cortisone creams, tars and medications derived from vitamin D. For more severe cases, injectable medications like Methotrexate, Enbrel, Humira, Cosentyx, Tremfya, Taltz, and others are used.