Psoriasis

psoriasis

What is psoriasis and how is it characterized?

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease* (a disease with an unclear cause that is characterized by inflammation caused by dysfunction of the immune system) that causes inflammation in the body. There may be visible signs of the inflammation such as raised plaques (plaques may look different for different skin types) and scales on the skin.

Why does psoriasis get worse before it gets better?

This occurs because the overactive immune system speeds up skin cell growth. Normal skin cells completely grow and shed (fall off) in a month. With psoriasis, skin cells do this in only three or four days.

How long does it take for psoriasis to go away?

When a person has psoriasis, their skin replacement process speeds up, taking just a few days to replace skin cells that usually take 21-28 days. This accumulation of skin cells builds up to form raised ‘plaques’ on the skin, which can also be flaky, scaly, red on caucasian skin, darker patches on darker skin tones, and itchy.

Why is it important to treat psoriasis?

Treating psoriasis can help improve symptoms as well as lower the risk of developing other health conditions such as psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and depression. What can I do?

What is psoriasis and what are the symptoms?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disease that speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells. What are the symptoms of psoriasis? Psoriasis causes patches of thick red skin and silvery scales.

What is psoriasis and how is it treated?

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp. Psoriasis is a common, long-term (chronic) disease with no cure.

How does psoriasis develop?

In people with psoriasis, this production process may occur in just a few days. Because of this, skin cells don’t have time to fall off. This rapid overproduction leads to the buildup of skin cells. Scales typically develop on joints, such elbows and knees. They may develop anywhere on the body, including the:

What is psoriasis and how common is it?

Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by itchy scales, inflammation, and redness. It usually occurs on the scalp, knees, elbows, hands, and feet. According to one study, about 7.4 million people in the United States were living with psoriasis in 2013.

How long does psoriasis remission last?

At times, treatment can lead to clear skin and no psoriasis symptoms. The medical term for this is “remission.” A remission can last for months or years; however, most last from 1 to 12 months. Psoriasis is notoriously unpredictable, so it’s impossible to know who will have a remission and how long it will last.

How long does psoriasis treatment take to work?

Different treatment may be necessary to: Keep your psoriasis stable, nearly clear, or clear At times, treatment can lead to clear skin and no psoriasis symptoms. The medical term for this is “remission.” A remission can last for months or years; however, most last from 1 to 12 months.

What happens when you stop taking treatment for psoriasis?

One of three things happens when you stop treatment: You may stay clear and have no psoriasis symptoms (remission). Your psoriasis may return, looking and feeling much like it did before (relapse). The psoriasis may return and be worse than before (rebound).

Is there a psoriasis cycle?

One common psoriasis cycle involves having fewer symptoms and flares during summer months and more symptoms and flares during winter months. That’s likely because of how the two very different environments affect your skin. The weather in these two seasons can trigger psoriasis symptoms.

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