Psoriasis is a kind of immune-mediated condition characterized by the dysfunction of the immune system resulting in inflammation in the body. There might be visible signs of body inflammation, including raised plaques as well as scales on the skin. These plaques and scales are termed psoriasis.
The condition affects over 3% of the entire adult population in the US alone.
The Signs and Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis symptoms can be different for every individual having it. Some of the common symptoms of psoriasis include the following:
- Red patches coming on the skin, which is covered with thick scales silver in appearance
- Little size scaling spots such as observed in pediatric patients
- Cracked and dry skin that may itch or bleed
- Burning, soreness, and itching
- Pitted, ridged, and thickened nails
- Stiff and swollen joints
The Causes of Psoriasis
Psoriasis does not have any straightforward cause behind it. The genetics of this condition is complicated, and it might be possible to get psoriasis even when there is no family background of the condition. Any triggering event might result in a change in the body’s immunity. This results in the occurrence of psoriasis and its related symptoms. Some of the possible causes behind this condition include illnesses such as strep bacteria infections, stress, and skin injury. Also, some medications might initiate these symptoms.
The Treatment Options for Psoriasis
Treatments for the condition target at stopping the skin cells from growing abruptly and removing the scales. These choices include ointments and creams, phototherapy, and injected medications along with oral drugs. Your doctor might get a stronger ointment or corticosteroid cream such as triamcinolone, clobetasol for areas that are hard to treat.
Some doctors may prescribe you calcitriol, calcipotriene, and vitamin A for helping with the skin irritation process. These may be taken with the corticosteroids or alone. The vitamin D options are usually less affordable than corticosteroids. Salicylic acid, calcineurin inhibitors, and anthralin are some of the options used for the treatment of the condition.
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