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08
Nov

Psoriasis - Things You Should Know

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Psoriasis is an immune-mediated skin disease that causes the excessive growth of skin cells, and usually brings the red and scaly patches along with it. There are five types of psoriasis, each with different types of symptoms.

The first common type is plaque psoriasis that appears in the form of red flaky patches or lesions. The reddish patches are then covered by a white silvery scale. These patches can appear on different parts of the body, most of the time, on the knees, elbows, scalp and lower back. Sometimes they can even cover your body.

The second type is called guttate psoriasis, which is uncommon. Those who have it inherited it from somewhere in their family. It is usually found in those under thirty years of old. With guttate psoriasis, red small lesions appear on the skin. It usually occurs on the legs and the arms. Strep throat can sometimes trigger guttate psoriasis. Outbreaks occur 2-3 weeks after a person has strep throat.

Pustular psoriasis is the third type and also very uncommon. Those affected by this skin disease have clear raised bumps on their face, which are white and filled with white pus. The skin around these bumps is red. Pustular psoriasis is caused by taking steroids orally or through injection off and on. It is also caused by taking drugs such as: Salicylates, Iodine, a topical antiseptic, Lithium antidepressants and Penicillin, a type of antibiotic. Pustular psoriasis can also be caused by excessive exposure to the sunlight, different types of skin creams and ointments.

Inverse psoriasis mainly affects the skin in the armpits, private part, and under the breasts. Inverse psoriasis causes smooth red skin patches. It has been found mostly in overweight people.

Erythrodermic psoriasis is the most severe type of psoriasis. It is a redness of skin that affects the whole body. When an outbreak occurs, the redness spreads all over the whole body, and it can be fatal. It can cause dehydration, heart failure, an infection, hypothermia, malnutrition, grave swelling and even death.

Psoriasis is a life long skin disease that never goes away. There is no cure but there is a treatment. Treatment depends on the type of psoriasis a person has and the severity of it. Although in some cases it can be serious and severe, one thing it doesn’t do is to prevent one from living successful lives.

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