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Psoriasis is a non-contagious disease of the skin caused by an immune system response in the body. In its most common form, it can appear as raised red lesions and scaling on various parts of the body. There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are a variety of treatments that can alleviate the symptoms.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Psoriasis
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information. Includes articles about psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, the latest news, and much more.

An informative Web site developed and maintained by the American Academy of Dermatology that provides treatment updates, frequently asked questions, links to approved resources, and a glossary.


  • Management of psoriasis. Yawalker N. 2009
  • Psoriasis. Haggerty M. Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 3rd ed. v. 4: 3077-3081. 2006
  • Psoriasis: everything you need to know. Langley R. 2005
  • Fitzpatrick’s color atlas and synopsis of clinical dermatology. 2005
  • Psoriasis: a patient’s guide. Lowe N. 2003


  • Psoriasis: managing this chronic skin disorder. Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 29(3):6. Mar. 2011
  • Home phototherapy for psoriasis is cost effective. Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 17(11):7. Jul. 2010
  • Psoriasis: inflammatory disorder may be more then skin deep. Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 13(12):4-5. Dec. 2009
  • Psoriasis – pathophysiology, conventional, and alternative approaches to treatment. Traub M. Alternative Medicine Review. 12(4):319-30. Dec. 2007


National Psoriasis Foundation
Contact the National Psoriasis Foundation at 800-723-9166. You can also e-mail for information at getinfo@psoriasis.org. This web site contains a great deal of helpful information, including a listing of ongoing research and clinical trials, message boards and chat rooms, and the location of support groups in your area.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the  Health Learning Center  at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateDecember 21, 2011