What is Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic (long lasting) skin disease characterized by scaling and inflammation. In healthy skin, skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface, usually every 23 to 30 days. With psoriasis, this process speeds up and happens in just a few days. These skin cells then pile up on the skins surface, causing thick, red skin patches with silvery scales to form.
It affects both men and women equally. About 7.5 million Americans are affected by this as of yet, disease with no cure. Research indicates that some abnormality in the immune system causes psoriasis. The first age of onset is generally between 15 and 25, but it can develop at any age. Genetics plays a role in psoriasis.
There are 5 different types of psoriasis, with 80% of all cases being plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis can show up anywhere on the body. As the skin is different on the body, each body site requires different treatments. Psoriasis can be mild, moderate or severe.
Along with painful symptoms, it causes considerable distress to the patients that have the disease. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, over 60% of people with psoriasis felt their disease to be a large problem in their everyday life.