Red, itchy scaly patches- anyone with psoriasis knows how uncomfortable the condition can make you feel. This non-contagious skin disease occurs mostly on the scalp, trunk, elbows, and knees.
Psoriasis is a chronic condition with no cure. It may subside for periods of time or even go into remission. However, cycles of the disease may occur for a few weeks or months. Your doctor may recommend certain medications or lifestyle changes to manage the disease.
Anyone may develop psoriasis. According to the Mayo Clinic, around 1/3 of cases begin in the pediatric years. The following factors can increase your risk:
Tobacco increases not only the risk and plays a role in disease development, but it increases the severity of psoriasis. Smoking may also play a role in the initial development of the disease.
Having a parent with psoriasis increases your risk of getting psoriasis yourself. Having two parents with psoriasis increases your risk even more.
Stress impacts your immune system. High levels of stress may increase your risk of psoriasis.
What causes psoriasis?
Research demonstrates that psoriasis may cause the skin to regenerate at faster than normal rates. The rapid growth of cells causes the red patches of skin. The most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis.
We do not know what causes this abnormality in the immune system.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
All psoriasis patients are affected differently by the disease. The following are common symptoms:
Stiff and swollen joints
Small scaling spots (more common in children)
Cracked, dry skin that may bleed or itch
Soreness, burning, and itching
Nails that are pitted, thickened, or ridged
If you suspect you have psoriasis or your condition worsens, reach out to a CCMH Provider today!
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