What is Psoriasis?
common condition causes skin cells to multiply at a higher rate than normal. Because skin cells
are produced more quickly than they are shed, this results in the buildup of dry, scaly, itchy
patches on the surface of the skin. There are multiple varieties of psoriasis, with plaque
psoriasis being the most common.
What Are The Causes of Psoriasis?
What Are The Signs And Symptoms of Psoriasis?
- Guttate psoriasis: Most common in children, this form of psoriasis is marked by small pink spots on the skin, typically without the accompanying thickened skin that characterizes plaque psoriasis.
- Inverse psoriasis: Inverse psoriasis causes the appearance of shiny, bright red patches of skin, most commonly appearing around the groin, breasts, and armpits.
- Pustular psoriasis: Pus-filled blisters surrounded by patches of inflamed, red skin indicate the presence of pustular psoriasis. Pustular psoriasis usually affects the extremities (hands and feet) and typically emerges during adulthoods.
- Erythrodermic psoriasis: A very rare form of severe psoriasis which covers large parts of the body with red scales that may shed in large sheets. This form of psoriasis can cause serious, even life-threatening illness and requires immediate medical attention.
Additional issues include nail psoriasis, in which psoriasis affects the fingernails or toenails, and
psoriatic arthritis, in which psoriasis causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints.
What Are The Risk Factors of Psoriasis?
How is Psoriasis Diagnosed?
Psoriasis can usually be diagnosed rather easily through a physical examination of the skin.
Make sure that your doctor is aware of any skin changes or other symptoms you have
experienced. In some cases, a biopsy may be performed if physical symptoms are inconclusive
or if your doctor needs to confirm their diagnosis.
What Are Possible Treatments For Psoriasis?
quitting smoking, or reducing alcohol intake. Creams and ointments such as topical
corticosteroids or immuno-modulators may be applied to the affected areas to reduce
symptoms. Moderate to severe psoriasis may be treated through systemic medications such as
immuno-modulators or biologics. Phototherapy, a treatment that uses ultraviolet light, may also
help to reduce the growth of cells and alleviate symptoms.
Are There Preventative Steps or Measures To Avoid Psoriasis?
include quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, managing stress, avoiding tattoos
(getting tattooed causes injury to the skin), avoiding dry, cold climates, and eating a healthy,
What Are The Risks If Psoriasis Is Left Untreated?
stiffness, and loss of function. Psoriasis has also been linked to some cancers, and skin which
cracks or sheds in large patches also increases your risk of infection and other complications.
Are There Other Related Conditions To Psoriasis?
Some of the most common comorbidities with psoriasis include psoriatic arthritis, inflammatory
bowel disease (IBD), and metabolic syndrome.