Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a medical condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly. The lesions vary in appearance with the type of psoriasis. About 80% of people living with psoriasis have plaque (plak) psoriasis, also called “psoriasis vulgaris.” Plaque psoriasis causes patches of thick, scaly skin that may be white, silvery, or red. Psoriasis also can affect the nails. About 50% of people who develop psoriasis see changes in their fingernails and/or toenails.
In studying the immune system, scientists discovered that when a person has psoriasis, the T cells (a type of white blood cell that fights unwanted invaders such as bacteria and viruses) mistakenly trigger a reaction in the skin cells. Scientists also have learned that not everyone who inherits genes for psoriasis gets psoriasis. What triggers psoriasis in one person may not cause psoriasis to develop in another.
Who gets psoriasis?
People worldwide develop psoriasis. Studies indicate that psoriasis develops about equally in males and females. Research also shows that Caucasians develop psoriasis more frequently than other races. A family history of psoriasis seems to increase the risk of developing psoriasis. It is important to know that a family history of psoriasis does not guarantee that someone will develop psoriasis.
When do people get psoriasis?
There are, however, times when psoriasis is most likely to develop. Most people first see psoriasis between 15 and 30 years of age. About 75% develop psoriasis before they turn 40.
Does psoriasis affect quality of life?
For some people, psoriasis is a nuisance. The unpredictable nature of psoriasis may be the reason. Psoriasis is a chronic (lifelong) medical condition. When psoriasis flares, it can cause severe itching and pain. Sometimes the skin cracks and bleeds. Psoriasis is a common and chronic skin disorder. Causes of Psoriasis
Current research points also to an immune system role in psoriasis. People with HIV or AIDS often have severe psoriasis.
Is psoriasis contagious?
Psoriasis is not contagious but can be inherited. Types of psoriasis:
* Plaque psoriasis.
* Guttate psoriasis.
* Pustular psoriasis.
* Inverse psoriasis.
* Erythrodermic psoriasis.
Natural home remedies for the treatment of psoriasis:
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*Prevention tips for psoriasis
Cortisone creams, which discourage skin cells from multiplying, are often prescribed for psoriasis, but long term use makes the skin thin and delicate.