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Diseases & Conditions
A look at psoriasis
Medications and other standard therapies can help you manage this common skin condition.
Psoriasis is among the most common skin diseases, and once it shows up, it never entirely goes away. "Unfortunately, there is no cure for psoriasis," says Dr. Flavia Fedeles, a dermatologist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "But you can take steps to reduce flare-ups and manage their severity when they do appear."
Causes and appearance
Psoriasis appears as reddish patches of skin covered with silvery scales. It can cause intense itchiness and pain. You might feel like you’re being poked with needles or on fire. Breakouts can appear almost anywhere on the body, depending on which version of the condition you have (see "Know your psoriasis").
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Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
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