Psoriasis Pictures will help identify if you have this condition
Psoriasis is a common ailment of the skin that causes redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis develop thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches referred to as scales
Risk factors and Causes
Psoriasis is a common skin condition. This condition can occur in people of any age, the symptoms usually present between the ages 15-35. This ailment is noncontagious and cannot be spread. Psoriasis does appear to be hereditary. Doctors believe it most likely occurs when the immune system mistakes normal skin cells for dangerous substance. As skin cells develop they normally rise to the surface monthly. In those who have psoriasis, this process occurs at a much faster rate, almost twice as fast, and dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface.
These items may trigger a psoriasis attack and/or make treating it more difficult:
Viral or bacterial infections.
Dry skin and arid conditions
Skin injuries, including cuts, burns and abrasions
Limited exposure to sun
Overexposure to sun
Excessive use of alcohol
Generally persons with a weak or depressed immune system are susceptible to severe psoriasis. It is estimated that a third of those with psoriasis could also have arthritis, commonly refereed to as sporadic arthritis.
Psoriasis may present rapidly or slowly. In most cases, psoriasis goes into remission then flares up periodically. During a flareup of psoriasis there are patches of red irritated skin. These most often occur on the trunk, knees and elbows, but may appear elsewhere on the body. As an example, there could be patches on your scalp, hands or feet.
These patches and dots may:
Be very itchy
Be covered with scales and very dry
Red and irritated
Thick and bumpy
You may also experience:
Joint pain or aching (sporadic arthritis)
Changes in your finger or toe nails including thickening, yellowish or brown spots,
Psoriasis can affect skin on any part of the body
Psoriasis is grouped into five main categories:
Erythrodermic — Redness covering large areas of the body
Guttate — Small red or pink spots
Inverse — irritation and redness of the armpits, groin, and places where the skin overlaps.
Plaque — Crusty looking and thick, this is the most common and what most think of when the hear of psoriasis.
Pustular — Appearance of a blister with red irritated skin around it.
The objects of treatment are to prevent infections and manage symptoms.
There are three common treatment options for those with psoriasis:
Topical medicated creams,ointments, lotions and shampoos
Whole body treatments such as injections and pills
Photo therapy, where they use light for treating psoriasis
The most widely used course of treatment is topical. Please all ways seek professional medical advise,to make sure it is not an acne scar, this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat or diagnose a medical condition.
If you have patches of irritated skin that look like these psoriasis pictures, you should seek medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.