Psoriasis is a chronic disorder that creates itchy, red marks on the body. These areas form multi-layered “scales” that vary in severity. Basically, the skin is replacing itself at a rate of up to 10 times faster than normal. A minor outbreak results in a few small, random spots that may produce discomfort.
A more extreme outbreak can cover the whole body, harming joints and creating arthritic problems in addition to the itching and pain associated with a regular outbreak. In very extreme cases, hospitalization may be necessary. Occurring at any age in both males and females, psoriasis is not contagious, though there does seem to be a hereditary connection.
It is not a life-threatening condition, and in most cases, people who have mild symptoms may not even know that they have psoriasis. Cuts, scratches, infections and dry skin seem to cause flare-ups. In addition, lack of sun exposure and certain medications may cause psoriasis to flare up. Commonly affected areas are the elbows, arms, knees and legs. Topical steroids ; oral and systemic medications including the latest class of psoriasis medication: Biologic treatments are available. Based on the severity of your condition, your doctor will consult with you to find the treatment that’s best for you.
Visit the National Psoriasis Foundation for more information.
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