Patient undergoing a skin examination and treatment advice on classic dermatology. A specialist in skin health and skin diseases examines and explains the skin of the female patient in the bright rooms of the Frankfurt dermatology practice.


Psoriasis cannot be cured, but it can be treated

Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease with a red, scaly appearance. It is accompanied by severe itching, which often occurs in flares. In addition to the skin and scalp, nails and joints can also be affected. Vessels, heart, liver and metabolic processes can also be affected. These processes are subject to an overactive immune system in the form of rapid cell renewal.

Causes and Emergence

Psoriasis is not contagious. About two to three percent of the German population are affected by psoriasis. The primary cause is an inherited genetic predisposition, which does not necessarily lead to an outbreak of the disease. However, infections, hormonal influences or stress can also lead to an outbreak if the person is predisposed to it.


The clinical picture in combination with the anamnesis is often meaningful enough for dermatologists. To confirm the diagnosis, a sample is taken and histologically examined to rule out another diagnosis.


Psoriasis cannot be cured, but it can be treated. For external treatment, special creams or ointments are applied to the affected areas of the skin. Very good results are also achieved with light or bath therapy. With internal treatment z. B. tablets and injections, the immune system and thus the inflammatory process of psoriasis are regulated. A change in diet can be beneficial.