Psoriasis is a chronic condition normally characterized by lesions or patches of red skin covered by flaky, silvery-white buildups called “scales” or “plaques.” Over seven million men and women in the U.S. of all ages have some form of psoriasis, which may be mild, moderate or severe. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals.
The exact cause of psoriasis is technically unknown, but there is data to indicate that is relates to faulty signals in your body’s immune system. These signals cause accelerated growth of skin cells that the body can’t shed fast enough to prevent the pile up of cells leading to the lesions.
Psoriasis is not contagious and flare-ups are using the result of external or environmental triggers such as:
- Emotional Stress
- Dry Skin
- Certain Medications
Psoriasis cannot be cured, but it can be treated successfully, sometimes for months or years at a time.
Treatment depends on:
- Location of Psoriasis
- Patient’s Age
- Medical History
- The effect the disease has on the patient’s general mental health
The most common treatments are topical medications, phototherapy, photo-chemotherapy (PUVA), and oral or injectable medication (for severe symptoms).
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