Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes a build up of cells to rapidly form over the surface of the skin. It causes thick, scaly patches to grow either in limited spots or covering much larger areas of the skin. The patches can be itchy, dry, red, and sometimes painful. The symptoms can go through cycles where it flares and then subsides into remission. It can be classified into different types of psoriasis:
Psoriasis can be persistent and there is no cure at this time. But treatment options can bring relief of symptoms.
The symptoms of psoriasis vary from person to person. Any of the following may be present:
If you do have psoriasis you are at greater risk to develop additional diseases. It can also affect your quality of life by causing low self-esteem, depression, or social isolation. You should seek medical advice if your signs and symptoms worsen to the degree where it causes you pain and discomfort or develops additional symptoms.
Psoriasis cannot be cured but there are treatments available which can stop the skin cells from growing at such a rapid pace. Other options can reduce inflammation and plaque formation which cause most of the discomfort associated with the disease. Some topical treatments can remove the scales on the skin leaving it feeling smoother. Speaking with your doctor is the best way to find out whether you have psoriasis and, if you do, what treatment options are available for you.
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