By Dermik Laboratories
Jul 23, 2004, 00:10
How is psoriasis treated?
Because psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, it requires long-term treatment for each flare-up. While psoriasis is not curable, it is treatable. Successful treatment usually provides significant temporary relief and sometimes clearing of the plaques entirely.
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What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes the body to produce skin cells at an abnormally fast rate. Because the body can't shed these cells as quickly as they are produced, thick layers of skin, called plaques, develop. Psoriasis is characterized by red plaques with thick, flaking, silvery scales.
A distinguishing feature of psoriasis is the symmetrical appearance of the plaques, like mirror images on opposite sides of the body.
The extent of skin involvement can range from small, localized areas to generalized body involvement. Fortunately, most cases are mild (with plaques forming only on the scalp, elbows, hands, and knees) and can be controlled.
What causes psoriasis?
Psoriatic lesions have a tendency to appear at sites of trauma. Patients typically encounter their first attack about 10-14 days after experiencing some type of trauma to the skin, such as a cut, scratch, bruise, or severe sunburn.
Emotional or physical stress can play a role in triggering the onset or flare-up of the condition.
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