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Psoriasis Skin Disease : Symptoms, Types & Treatment

Psoriasis Skin Disease
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Psoriasis Skin Disease is a common chronic skin condition that can affect anyone between the age of 15 and 35.  Usually a person suffering from the condition has an unusually fast skin cell growth rate. Such fast cell growth rate results in dead cell accumulation over the skin’s surface.

The exact cause for this condition is not known but many studies have indicated that a person might be suffering from such a condition due to genetic factors or some abnormality in the immune system.

Psoriasis is a non-contagious disease. The effect of the condition can be easily spotted outside of the elbows, knees or scalp. The chance of it appearing on any other parts of the body is rare but still a possibility. When suffering from the condition, the skin feels full of itch, burns and stings. Know the facts about Psoriasis Skin Disease below: 

How to Treat Psoriasis on Your Hands

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Psoriasis Skin Disease is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Psoriasis Skin Disease may vary according to the severity and type of psoriasis a person is suffering from-

  • Flaking
  • Inflammation
  • Thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin
  • Discoloration or pitting of the nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints

Types

  1. Plaque Psoriasis: This is the most common type of the condition which causes itchy and red plaques all over the body. It usually appears in the Elbow, lower back, scalp and knees.
  2. Guttate Psoriasis: This condition type causes small, pink-red spots on your skin. They often appear on your trunk, upper arms, thighs or scalp. Most often the trigger for this is some skin injury.
  3. Inverse psoriasis: The appearances of this kind are bright red, smooth, and shiny, but don’t have scales. Fungal infections are major triggers for this.
  4. Nail Psoriasis: Half of those who are suffering from any other type of psoriasis suffer from this condition as well. The change to nail is eventually inevitable. Some of the symptoms include white chalk like patches under nail, pain in the area, separation of nail from the bed, colour changes and pitting of nail.
  5. Psoriatic Arthritis: Just like arthritis, this condition is also a result of joint inflammation. If a person is suffering from psoriasis for more than 10 years, then they are highly likely to develop this condition. Symptoms include nail discolouration, joint pain and swelling of fingers and toes.

A variety of factors could trigger a psoriasis episode right from stress to an infection. In 70% of the cases an external trigger is the cause behind awakening an inherited gene for psoriasis.

As in many cases Psoriasis Skin Disease might be very confidence draining and embarrassing due to its evident effects on appearance. Most of the outbreaks are relatively not severe or harmful. With appropriate treatment, the symptoms will go away or subside within a few months.

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