Psoriasis, causes and symptoms

Psoriasis, causes and symptoms

Psoriasis, causes and symptoms

Psoriasis is a non contagious inflammatory skin disease. According to some statistics approximately 2-3% of the worldwide population is affected by psoriasis.

The medical studies revealed that the patients developing this disease have a genetically predisposition but many other factors are considered to aggravate the condition. These include stress immune system disorders and infections.

Many of the psoriasis cases can be found in members of the same family, the genetic predisposition being the most important factor for developing the condition.

There are five types of psoriasis according to the medial resources: plaque (discoid), guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic, the last one being the most common form. In plaque psoriasis the skin accumulates in different areas of the scalp, trunk or limbs creating red,  thickened areas of dry skin. Most commonly affected areas are the elbows, knees, and scalp.

The psoriasis can manifest with different grades of severity as follows: mild (if affects less than 3% of the body) – represents about 70% of the psoriasis cases), moderate (affecting affecting from  3% to 10% of the body) – representing 25% of the patients and severe (affecting more than 10% of the body) – representing about 55 of the total number of psoriasis cases.

Unfortunately there is no known cure for psoriasis at this point. With a good treatment the condition could go into remission, making all the symptoms to disappear but there is always a risk of reappearance.

Different medications, light therapy, stress reduction, and various small aids such as moderate sun exposure, moisturizers and salicylic acid creams could also help removing the unaesthetic disease symptoms.

The research for a cure are still undergoing and new information about the disease and how it works is discovered each year. Some new medicines and agents are undergoing further tests as they seem to help treating psoriasis. Many doctors consider that the treatment for psoriasis could be discovered by 2020 so things are on the right track.

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