is a disease which affects the skin and occasionally affects
the joints as well. There are actually seven different kinds
of psoriasis that are classified by their different symptoms,
which can include red scaly skin patches in a variety of hues
and severities anywhere on the body, along with skin that
may flake off.
can also appear under the finger and toes nails. 10 to 20
percent of people with psoriasis will also develop psoriatic
arthritis, or an inflammation of the joints.
Psoriasis is typified by rapid production and accumulation
of skin cells, which build up and create the symptoms. Researchers are still not sure if the
problem lies with these cells, or whether there is a problem
somewhere else in the body which is causing these cells to
Despite the lack of knowledge on what causes psoriasis, researchers
do know what makes the condition worse. Stress,
abuse, changes in climate or season, smoking,
and obesity can all worsen psoriasis or make it more difficult
to treat, and so these things should all be avoided as much
Treatment is often difficult because psoriasis is a chronic
condition that will reoccur throughout life for those who have
it. It is not contagious however, so there are no special
precautions needed for being around those with psoriasis.
typically takes three different forms, usually begun with application of topical treatments such as moisturizers,
followed by phototherapy or UV radiation and, finally, pills
and injections which are typically reserved for
psoriasis which is otherwise unresponsive to other treatments.
For those with psoriatic arthritis, treatment is accomplished
with anti-inflammatory medications