Psoriasis is a skin disease often suffered by mostly women aged 20-45. It is a recurring skin condition which requires long-term, treatment. A telltale sign of psoriasis is the appearance of large, scaly flakes or stains on an area of the body. Psoriasis occurs when new skin cells are produced too quickly, causing a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. These can then develop into thicker scales.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition with periods of no symptoms and periods with flare-ups. The causes of flare-ups remain relatively unknown but feelings such as anger, stress, and anxiety have been identified as contributing factors.
Psoriasis is quite itchy. However, the urge to itch should be avoided because it can irritate and inflame the affected area. Effective treatment options are still being researched, but many methods and topical solutions are available to help treat symptoms.
Psoriasis is not contagious.
Its actual causes of psoriasis are still unknown despite the current developments in scientific and medical research. Clinical tests have established that two of the most common factors are genetics and sensitivity to external stimuli. The environmental factors that may trigger psoriasis include weather conditions, stress, anger, and anxiety.
There are three different types of psoriasis: psoriasis vulgaris, guttate, and localized psoriasis.
Psoriasis Vulgaris is very common and can affect the entire body. While the flaky parts may be treated, they can reappear at any time.
Guttate psoriasis mostly affects children. This type of psoriasis is treatable with antibiotics and it may take a long time for it to recur.
And finally, localized psoriasis affects more specific parts of the body. Examples of this type include seborrheic psoriasis which affects the crown of the head, onycholysis which affects the nails, and palmoplantar psoriasis which affects the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.