Psoriasis is a condition characterized by red patches on the skin covered by dead skin cells. The scaly appearance of the disease is caused by the buildup of dead skin cells. Psoriasis may be attributed with the increased production of skin cells. As new skin cells move to the surface of the skin faster than normal, dead skin cells are not shed fast enough and build up on the skin.

Should You Seek Treatment?

If you notice symptoms of psoriasis, call a reputable clinic to set up an appointment with a licensed physician or skincare professional. The doctor will answer all of your questions and will determine if the condition may be psoriasis. Common symptoms include red patches on the skin covered with silvery plaques, discoloration on the nails or thick patches on the scalp. SkinCareGuide.com has further information about possible symptoms of psoriasis and the different types of psoriasis.

Who Treats Psoriasis?

A nurse fractioned, family doctor, physician's assistant, internist, dermatologist or rheumatologist (if suffering from joint pain or stiffness) may diagnose and treat psoriasis.

Who to See

Which physician you see for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment depends on several factors. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the skincare professional and can effectively communicate with him or her. References from friends and family members may be helpful as well. Psoriasis, if left untreated or treated poorly, may lead to further complications. The proper treatment of the disease is important in avoiding complications such as bacterial skin infections and fluid imbalances. Depression, anxiety, stress and social isolation may also be side effects of the condition due to the embarrassing appearance of the condition.