Your Health Questions Answered By Local Experts

Best Rx: Atlanta doctors answer your health questions. One Best Self reader asked: Why do I see white scaly patches on my elbows and knees?

Answer: This sounds like Psoriasis which is a disorder of the immune system. It’s a non- contagious skin condition that may respond to various treatments, including a new class of systemic drugs referred to as biologics. Plaque psoriasis is the most prevalent form of the disease. About 80 percent of those who have psoriasis have this type. It’s characterized by raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by a silvery white scale and is typically found on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. The tendency toward developing psoriasis is inherited. Psoriasis gets better and worse spontaneously and can have periodic remissions (clear skin), however, it is controllable with medication.
- Charles J. Douchy, MD
North Atlanta Dermatology

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