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Understanding The Definition Of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is defined as a continual and non-communicable skin problem. Causes of psoriasis have not yet been identified. People with psoriasis may not develop any visible symptoms on their skin while some others’ skin will be flaky and turn red. This red flaking skin is called psoriatic plaque. The area where the skin is inflamed and where there is extreme skin production is actually psoriatic plaque. Skin usually gathers in these patches and becomes silver in color. Plaques are mostly found on the knees and elbows, but they may affect any body part like the genitals, soles, palms, scalp and joints.


Psoriasis is a long-lasting and a chronic skin disease. The range of this ailment varies depending on the individual. In psoriatic nail dystrophy the nails of the feet and hands are affected by psoriasis. The body may experience the swelling of joints because of psoriasis causing psoriatic arthritis. Among the population that have psoriasis, 10-15% have psoriatic arthritis.


People with a dry skin are more susceptible to Psoriasis than those with an oily or suitably moisturized skin. Psoriasis can appear on a scratchy skin post like areas with scratches and cuts. This is known as the Koebner phenomenon. Dry skin is bereft of the oil which protects any infections from attacking the skin. Consequently, persons who have dry skins are at risk of having psoriasis as the psoriasis-causing microorganism can easily grow on dry skin conditions.


Athlete’s foot and Psoriasis are two different things. It is caused due to dry skin conditions whereas athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that thrives on wet skin conditions. Unlike eczema it is generally found on the outer surface of the joints. On the other hand, Psoriasis has infective microbes which results in swelling, rashes and having a scratchy skin. This causes the skin to dry even further as the microbe takes in the moisture of the skin leaving it drier than before.


If you wish to prevent psoriasis you should avoid the usage of shower scrubs. Shower scrubs not only leave scratches on the skin but also cause abrade off the natural skin oils. After taking a bath you can use talcum powder. Talc soaks up the extra moisture on the skin which may thereby cause any fungal infection. Moisturizers are also helpful to keep the skin moist and stimulate the functioning of the oil glands, thereby keeping the skin moist and infections at bay.


Although we are very clear about the definition of psoriasis, its causes are not yet clear. Genes or having a previous injury maybe the cause of this. Factors like withdrawal of systemic corticosteroid, stress, smoking, extreme alcohol consumption may worsen psoriasis. In spite of a number of medications available psoriasis is extremely difficult to eradicate due to its persistent appearance.

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on December 9, 2012

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