Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by red inflamed, raised areas that often develop as silvery scales on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. Psoriasis is estimated to affect 7.5 million people in the US.

Causes of Psoriasis

The cause of psoriasis is unknown; however, it is thought to be caused by abnormally fast-growing and shedding skin cells. The skin cells multiply quickly, causing the skin to shed every three to four days. Though not contagious, the condition is hereditary. Psoriasis is often recurrent and occurs in varying severities.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Each individual may experience the symptoms of psoriasis differently, as psoriasis has a wide range of forms and severity. The following are the most common symptoms of psoriasis:

  • Patches of red raised skin on the trunk, arms, legs, knees, elbows, genitals, and scalp
  • Thick nails that are pitted and separate from the nail bed
  • Small blisters containing pus (pustules) on the palm, soles, and other small areas or all over the body

Psoriasis Treatment

The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and slow down the rapid growth and shedding of skin cells. At the present time, there is no cure for psoriasis. Treatment may include:

  • Ointments and creams (to moisturize the skin).
  • Sunlight or ultraviolet light exposure (under a physician's supervision).
  • Steroids (such as cortisone creams).
  • Vitamin D cream.
  • Creams containing salicylic acid or coal tar.
  • Anthralin, a drug that treats the thicker, hard-to-treat patches of psoriasis.
  • Methotrexate, an anti-cancer drug that interrupts the growth of skin cells.
  • Oral or topical retinoids.
  • Immunosuppressive medications (such as Cyclosporine).

Our specialists will work with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

Kristina Callis Duffin, MD, MS

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Dr. Kristina Callis Duffin is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Utah. She is board-certified in Dermatology and Internal Medicine. Her primary clinical focus is in the comprehensive care of patients with psoriasis.Dr. Duffin’s research interests include clinical trials of psoriasis medications, and advocacy and education fo... Read More

Specialties:

Dermatology, General Dermatology, Psoriasis and Phototherapy

Locations:

Midvalley Health Center 801-581-2955
University Hospital
Dermatology, Clinic 28
801-581-2955

C. David Hansen, MD

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C. David Hansen, M.D., is a dermatologist with a practice focused on the treatment of general dermatology. He has a particular emphasis in the management of acne, eczema, psoriasis, and skin cancer. After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Hansen joined the University of Utah School of Medicine faculty full-time in 1998. His research interests are i... Read More

Jason Ezra Hawkes, MD

Jason E. Hawkes, MD, is a physician-scientist and board-certified clinical instructor in the Department of Dermatology. Prior to medical school, he studied biology at Brigham Young University and graduated with Cum Laude Honors. He received his medical degree and completed his dermatology training at the University of Utah School of Medicine. ... Read More

Gerald G. Krueger, MD

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Gerald Krueger, MD is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and hair loss. He is board certified in dermatology. Involved in over 100 clinical trials on psoriasis since being recruited to the University of Utah in 1972. In 2001 Dr. Krueger and Dr Callis Duffin started the Utah Psoriasis Initiative with the goal of creating a regist... Read More

Specialties:

Dermatology, Psoriasis and Phototherapy

Locations:

Midvalley Health Center 801-581-2955
University Hospital
Dermatology, Clinic 28
801-581-2955

Jamie L. Woodcock, MD

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Dr. Jamie Woodcock has specialized interest in medical dermatology and infectious disease dermatology. She has completed a two-year fellowship in psoriasis and published research in this area. She enjoys caring for patients with any general dermatologic concerns.... Read More

Rosemary A. deShazo, MD

Dr. Rosemary deShazo specializes in inpatient dermatology and contact dermatitis. She is board certified in dermatology and internal medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Contact Dermatitis Society. Her clinical focus is to provide dermatologic consultation to hospitalized patients at the University of Uta... Read More

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Murray, Utah 84107
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