Diagnoses & Conditions

Plaque Psoriasis

Understanding Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis is classified as the most common form of psoriasis, an immune-mediated disease that causes a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches.

Symptoms of Plaque Psoriasis

Symptoms of plaque psoriasis include raised, red patches covered with a silver-white buildup of dead skin cells. The patches are most commonly found on the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back. They are typically found to be itchy and painful, and can crack and bleed.

Diagnosing Plaque Psoriasis

Dermatologists and most primary care professionals are able to diagnose classical psoriasis based on the appearance of the lesions and the tendency to form plaques. The location of the plaques on the elbows, knees and scalp are also a sign for diagnosis. Examination of the fingers and toes may show a resemblance to fungal infections. On occasion, an unusual looking lesion may need a biopsy for clinical evaluation. Blood tests are rarely helpful for diagnosis.

Treating Plaque Psoriasis

Infliximab (e.g., Inflectra®, Remicade®) is an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of adult patients with chronic severe (extensive and/or disabling) plaque psoriasis under the care of a physician who will determine if infliximab is appropriate considering other available therapies.

This content is not intended to substitute professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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