What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory and proliferative condition of the skin. It is an auto-immune disorder causing red, scaly, raised patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location.
How common is Psoriasis?
It affects about 2 – 3% of people worldwide involving all age groups, gender and ethnicity.
What causes Psoriasis?
Even after numerous researches and studies, scientists are unable to reach a conclusion on the exact cause for Psoriasis. But, it is known that the immune system and genetics play a major role in it. The psoriatic lesions are caused due to proliferation of skin cells at an abnormally fast rate.
What triggers Psoriasis?
A variety of factors ranging from infections to emotional stress and trauma or injury can cause an episode of psoriasis. The triggers vary from individual to individual. Here are some common triggering factors,
- Cold temperatures.
- Excessive alcohol consumption.
- Smoking and using tobacco in other forms.
- Presence of other immunity related disorders, such as AIDS.
- Infections which can weaken the body’s immunity system.
- A skin trauma or injury.
- Excessive stress and tension.
- Certain medications.
Is Psoriasis contagious?
Psoriasis is not a contagious disease. Also, psoriatic lesions are not infectious.
What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?
The affected areas of skin typically appear reddened and contain dry, itchy, silvery scales. These ares of skin may also be more sensitive and cause a burning or painful sensation.
Is there a cure for Psoriasis?
There is no once-and-for-all cure for psoriasis. Treatment aims to clear the rash as much as possible. However, as psoriasis tends to flare up from time to time, you may need courses of treatment on and off .
All treatments don’t work the same for everyone.