Condition Spotlight – Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects 2-3% of the world population. Psoriasis speeds up the life cycle of skin cells and skin cells build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells can form red patches and scales, itchy and sometimes painful.

There is no cure for psoriasis but symptoms can be managed. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly.

Make an appointment with Alaska Family Dermatology and we can discuss how to best manage your psoriasis.

What are the Symptoms?

There are many signs and symptoms for psoriasis. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
  • Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning or soreness
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints


The goal of Psoriasis treatment is to reduce inflammation and clear the skin. Alaska Family Dermatology offers several treatments for Psoriasis, make an appointment to discuss the solution that best fits your type of this condition.