(KKCO) - Colorado has a cold, dry climate. This can increase the risk for psoriasis.
It's a genetic skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most people who suffer from psoriasis have very thick, red skin with flaky, silvery-white patches called scales.
Those scales can be itchy, painful, and unsightly as they grow over time.
Doctors say psoriasis occurs when the body's immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous substances. And cold, dry weather makes the condition worse.
Topical creams and new injectable medications can help. Ask your doctor about these new treatments.
For less serious cases, doctors have some advice: Moisturize often right after bathing. Avoid long, hot showers. And cut back on stress levels. Research shows that stress levels can impact psoriasis. Doctors recommend yoga and meditation to reduce stress.
Research shows that psoriasis is not passed from person to person contact, but it is genetic, so it can be passed on to children.