Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that produces inflamed, red areas of skin or silvery scales.
Researchers believe it is most likely caused by abnormally fast-growing and shedding skin cells.
There are five main forms of psoriasis:
Psoriasis affects men and women equally, and typically begins showing up between the ages of 15 and 35 or between 50 and 69.
The symptoms of psoriasis depend on the type of psoriasis you may have with all types involving some patches or spots of inflamed and red skin across various area of your skin.
Some other symptoms of Psoriasis include:
While the exact cause of psoriasis isn’t known, we do know it’s related to a malfunction of the immune system that causes skin to grow and shed at an abnormally fast rate. In addition, we also know that genetics play a role, meaning that if you have it, there is a good chance someone else in your family has it too.
Many types of psoriasis have triggers that may set off an episode. They include:
True, there is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be well controlled with appropriate treatment and working to avoid the triggers.
Our treatment options for psoriasis include: