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Psoriasis

Description: A common condition affecting the skin and sometimes the joints.

Symptoms: Typically includes scaly patches on the elbows, knees, small of the back and sometimes the trunk and limbs.

Number of Americans diagnosed: Affects about three million Americans.

Long-term problems/treatments: Many medications used topically (on the skin) or orally are available for the treatment of psoriasis. Often, common psoriasis clears spontaneously and untreated without any scarring, although the condition almost always relapses. About a third of patients do not respond to over-the-counter remedies and require aggressive treatments. Because psoriasis is chronic, treatment is almost always lifelong.
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