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Psoriasis is a very common, chronic skin disorder, most commonly described as looking like a plaque or patch with a silvery scale. Psoriasis is caused by defective signals involved in skin cell growth, causing the cells to build up rapidly onto the surface of the skin. This “piling up” of skin cells forms thick, silvery scales, and itchy, dry patches and plaques that can be painful in some cases. The appearance of psoriasis can cause significant emotional stress for those suffering from the skin disorder.
The exact cause of psoriasis is unclear, but it has been linked to an immune system problem with a white blood cell called T lymphocyte. These T cells travel throughout the body fighting off foreign substances, such as viruses or bacteria. But in the case of psoriasis, the T cells mistakenly attack healthy skin cells. As a result, the body increases the productive of healthy skin cells, causing an ongoing cycle that creates new skin cells too quickly. The dead skin doesn’t shed quickly enough and piles up to form its characteristics thick, scaly patches.
Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be spread by skin contact. However it is a chronic, long-lasting condition with a genetic root, increasing the risk of development for those with a family history of the disease. It may be triggered or worsened by certain factors, such as strep throat, HIV infection, certain medications, areas of physical trauma, severe sunburn, cuts, scrapes, bug bites, stress, cold weather, smoking, or heavy alcohol consumption.
Psoriasis is most frequently seen on the head, groin, elbows, and knees, but can be located anywhere on the body. Nails and joints may also be affected. Without treatment intervention, symptoms can advance to debilitating levels, causing joints to become malformed to the extent that they can limit movement and cause significant pain.
There are many treatment options for psoriasis, including topical medications, phototherapy, and systemic therapy. Treatment can minimize the plaques, boost self-esteem, and greatly improve well-being. In some patients, treatment completely clears their skin of any plaques. Psoriasis cannot be cured, but it can be successfully managed. Psoriasis symptoms and severity vary per patient. Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rokhsar to design a customized treatment plan.
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