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Psoriasis: More Common Than You Think
It’s August which means it’s Psoriasis Awareness Month! Starting with this blog, this next series will provide general information about psoriasis, as well as its comorbidities, diagnoses and treatments.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting more than 8 million people in the United States of all races. This condition commonly causes scaly areas of skin, usually found on the elbows and knees, and is caused by an overactive immune system that makes skin cells grow quicker than normal. Instead of replicating in weeks, as skin cells normally do, psoriasis causes skin cells to replicate in days, which builds up skin plaques that can be itchy, uncomfortable and occasionally painful. Some patients even report stinging, burning or tightness of the skin. Depending on your skin tone and the severity of psoriasis, these patches may have a red to purple base with a dry scaly patch on top.
There are many different types of psoriasis that vary in location and severity. These types of psoriasis are demonstrated on the body differently and can vary from scaly, dry patches to wet pustules. Psoriasis can be found on any part of the body, including the groin and scalp. The American Academy of Dermatology reports the most common locations for psoriasis include the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back.
Psoriasis can be genetically linked, although the majority of psoriasis patients do not have a genetic cause for developing the condition. Psoriasis can appear at any age from children to adults. The most common age range of developing this disease is either between 20 to 30 years of age or between 50 to 60 years of age.
Treatments for psoriasis vary based on the type, the severity and the location on the body, with medication options including topical, oral and injectable medications. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there are treatments available that can help with the symptoms and quality of life of those who have this condition.
If you have or suspect you have psoriasis, we encourage you to be proactive and set up an appointment today to be evaluated and treated accordingly. At Skin Joy Dermatology, we are trained and ready to treat each of our diverse patients with the appropriate care and treatment necessary to help improve overall quality of life. Call to set up an appointment today at 512-312-7552.