Frequently Asked Questions

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that outwardly appears on the skin. The skin reproduce at 10x the normal rate creating inflamed, red itchy skin that scales over and flacks off.  it is not contagious to anyone else but does cause the sufferer embarrassing questions and looks from our peers.

What causes psoriasis?

Know one knows exactly what causes psoriasis but studies have proven it is genetic and passed down from our parents or family lineage.  it is an autoimmune disease, even though it does show on the skin.  Our skin cells usually have a 30 day life cycle and you do not see the shedding of the skin.  With psoriasis it is a 3-4 day life cycle and end up with red, inflamed, and dry scaly skin.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Most common of the 5 types of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis and this is 80% of the cases.  You can tell Psoriasis from Eczema or Dermatitis usually from where it breaks out. Psoriasis is usually on the main joints like elbows, knees, lowerback, neck.  35% of psoriasis sufferers usually get psoriatic nails and/or arthritis as well as scalp psoriasis.

Are there different types of psoriasis?

There are five types of psoriasis: Plaque, Guttate, Pustular, Inverse and Erythrodermic.

How is psoriasis diagnosed?

Because there are so many different symptoms it might be hard for you physician to diagnose psoriasis at first.  he may ask you to go through your family history, look at your nails, scalp etc. to be able to come up with a correct diagnoses.

How Can you cure psoriasis?

Unfortunately there is no cure for psoriasis.

Do both women and men get psoriasis equally?

Psoriasis is not biased against sex, race or geographical location.  It effects everyone the same.  Currently 2.5-3% of the world population has psoriasis, that is about 125 million people just like you have this troublesome disease. It usually appears between the ages of 15-35, that is about 75 percent before 40.  It does spike again in the age group of 50-60 years old.  It does appear in children, even infants.

What triggers psoriasis?

Studies have indicated that drugs, alcohol, stressful situations, trauma to the skin, infections can trigger psoriasis.

Is psoriasis worse at different times of the year?

Flare ups of psoriasis can be more sever in the winter months. Because it is cold, dry, and less natural sun.  Summer time with then help of the vitamin A and D from sunlight usually helps the symptoms of psoriasis.

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