Health Matters

Understanding Psoriasis

Guest: Dr. Camille Leugers

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Approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis. Dr. Camille Leugers, a family physician in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine explained what psoriasis is and what you can do about it.

“Psoriasis is a common skin disorder which causes red, scaly, itchy patches ranging from small to large areas of the skin and scalp. Some people who have psoriasis may also have a serious form of arthritis. It is important to know that psoriasis is not contagious and can't be spread from one person to another.”

Here are some things that can help:

  • Keep your skin moisturized.
  • Try to avoid stress and try not to scratch.
  • Be gentle with your skin – avoid harsh soaps, hot water, and scrubbing.
  • Psoriasis is a chronic condition, meaning that it can't be cured entirely. But there are many different treatments that can keep it under control.

If you think you might have psoriasis, check with a health professional.

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