Psoriasis is chronic skin condition that affects about three percent of the population. While it can affect all ages, it usually appears in adults. Psoriasis is a disorder that is driven by the immune system. The normal T cells of the immune system protect the body against infection and disease. With psoriasis, the T cells are mistakenly activated and then become overactive, which then triggers other immune responses. The immune responses then lead to inflammation and rapid turnover of skin cells.
Symptoms and Signs of Psoriasis
Typically, psoriasis will show up as patches of thick, inflamed skin that are covered with silvery scales. These patches, referred to as plaques, are usually itchy and sore. Psoriasis plaques usually occur on the knees, elbows, parts of the legs, scalp, face, palms, and lower back; however, it can appear anywhere on the body.
Psoriasis sufferers can also experience discomfort and disability, as the itching and pain can interfere with basic functions such as walking, self-care, and sleep. The plaques that appear on the hands and feet can stop people from working at some occupations, engaging in sports, and even caring for family members.
It can sometimes be difficult to diagnose psoriasis, as it may appear as other skin diseases. In many cases, it can be necessary to examine a skin sample or scraping. There are actually several forms of psoriasis, including:
• Plaque psoriasis
• Guttate psoriasis
• Pustular psoriasis
• Inverse psoriasis
• Erythrodermic psoriasis
Each of these different types of psoriasis is associated with a different set of symptoms, as well as places on the body it will appear. Additionally, some people may experience psoriatic arthritis, where a sufferer will experience both arthritis and psoriasis symptoms.
At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we understand that often people who have moderate to severe psoriasis can experience self-consciousness about their appearance. As such, we strive to make the correct diagnosis to start the best course of treatment. Depending on the type and severity, there are several different treatments available, including medications and/or phototherapy.
If you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis or any other skin condition, please contact us at St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center. We will schedule a consultation where we can examine you and discuss the various options available to you. We understand how important it is to have the healthiest skin you can!
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