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What Is Psoriasis?

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 09:43 AM

In order to understand the condition known as psoriasis, it is important to know exactly what psoriasis is. Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder, the exact cause of which is unknown. However, it is known to be a hereditary auto- immune illness. Psoriasis is not a contagious condition

Psoriasis occurs when the skin cells grow very quickly within the normal 30-day period. This creates the formation of itchy patches of red skin with silvery scales. Although psoriasis is commonly seen on the soles of feet, palms, face, back, elbows, and knees, psoriasis scalp is also not uncommon.

Finger and toe nails are also affected by psoriasis. Psoriasis generally becomes worse with dry skin, certain medicines, infections, and stress. Avoiding these triggers are the first steps in managing psoriasis. In addition, genetic factors also play an important role in triggering psoriasis. Any injury to skin might also provoke certain skin changes ultimately leading to psoriasis.

Psoriasis has five main types — namely, plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic. Psoriasis is often classified in terms of mild, moderate, and severe forms. This classification depends upon the extent of the body surface involved.

More than 3% population of the United States suffers from psoriasis.

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