The American Academy of Dermatology recently published guidelines for treatment of Psoriasis – a condition that typically manifests itself in scaly, thick red patches on the skin that could be itchy and may also bleed.
The guidelines as explained by Ronald L. Moy, MD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology stated that rather than just the severity of the skin condition, it is also important to take into account the individualwith the condition and tailoring the treatment to suit the person.
While psoriasis was earlier thought to be a skin condition, there is now an increasing amount of evidence that points to its connection with other medical conditions such as heart disease, lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and even lymphoma.
A significant proportion of people with psoriasis go on to develop a destructive joint disease, however early detection consequent treatment can help to halt the progress of the disease. It is important to take action when the condition is still mild – with less than 5% of the body being involved.