Is psoriasis genetic?

The skin is the most visible and easily impacted organ of the body because it is exposed to the elements. Additionally, the field of dermatology encompasses a wide range of skin concerns. Dr. Michael Margulies of Margulies Dermatology is a professional dermatologist in the area of Miami, FL who has the training and experience to provide dermatological care for medical needs. One common skin concern that can become problematic for both men and women is psoriasis.

Understanding psoriasis

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease. The condition causes patients to develop scaly, dry, and raised patches or red or silvery-white scales anywhere on the skin. This is due to the patient’s immune system. The skin develops new skin cells too fast, which results in the buildup that causes the buildup on the skin.

Is psoriasis genetic?

Your genes are responsible for your risk of many medical conditions throughout your life. In addition, scientists have learned that psoriasis can be hereditary. While symptoms may vary between relatives, this condition is often found to be present on patients who have family members that suffer from the same concerns. Severity can differ between individuals, with some patients having a mild case that is easily treated to those with severe problems that can impact their overall quality of life. Within the last decades, scientists have made breakthroughs in determining the specific gene that triggers psoriasis: CARD14. This gene may mutate over time and be the root cause of psoriasis in families.

How is psoriasis treated?

Psoriasis can be a tricky condition to treat because not all patients respond to the same resolutions. Patients may want to consider a variety of treatment options to decide which is most effective for their psoriasis case, including:

  • Topical prescription ointments
  • Light therapies
  • Oral medications
  • Stress management

Interested in learning more about psoriasis?

Dr. Michael Margulies of Miami, FL accepts patients in his practice who are seeking evaluation of their condition and a treatment that works. If you are dealing with psoriasis and are interested in discussing treatment options, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with our team at Margulies Dermatology. We are conveniently located at 8940 North Kendall Drive, Suite #704E.