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Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which skin cells multiply at an increased rate due to an overreaction by the immune system. This causes patches of scaly skin to grow on the skin’s surface. There is an increased risk to develop psoriasis in patients who have:

  • A family history of the condition
  • Prior infections
  • High stress levels
  • Related lifestyle habits, such as smoking

NorthShore’s Department of Dermatology includes physicians and researchers who are board-certified experts in the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis. Our team takes a personalized approach to finding the most effective treatment options for each of our patients. We collaborate frequently with other departments, including Rheumatology, who help to treat joint pain caused by psoriasis. 

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Psoriasis

As psoriasis has more than one type, the symptoms can vary. Common ones that patients experience include:

  • Red patches of skin covered in silvery scales
  • Skin that is itchy, painful to the touch or bleeding
  • Discolored nails
  • Swelling, pain or tenderness in joints

Your primary care physician or dermatologist will diagnose psoriasis by examining the affected area. As psoriasis has similar symptoms to other skin conditions, your doctor may take a skin sample for a biopsy or look into your family medical history to determine if there is a genetic factor.

Psoriasis Treatment

NorthShore’s team of board-certified dermatologists utilizes clinical and research-based expertise to find the best treatment options for patients suffering from psoriasis. Depending on the location and severity of the condition, they will determine a topical ointment or cream, oral medication, phototherapy or biologic therapy to relieve symptoms and prevent flare ups.

Psoriasis Research

Our dermatology researchers remain at the forefront of studying current and new therapy options for psoriasis patients. This team is currently participating in a series of clinical trials with the goal of identifying the best individual treatment options for patients depending on their condition.

For More Information

For more information on psoriasis, or to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, please call 847.663.8060. If you are interested in information on our current research studies, please call the Dermatology Clinical Trials Unit at 847.663.8530.