Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that produces thick red plaques covered with silvery scales. The most common areas affected are the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back, although any skin surface may be involved. It can also occur in the nails and body folds. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. Doctors believe that the immune system is a factor in the development of psoriasis. This is because increased numbers of white blood cells are present between the abnormal layers of skin and because psoriasis responds to drugs that suppress the immune system.
The 7 Types of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person.
Factors that may trigger psoriasis include:
- Infections, such as strep throat or thrush
Injury to the skin, such as a cut or scrape, bug bite, or a severe sunburn
Heavy alcohol consumption
Certain medications — lithium, high blood pressure medications, antimalarial drugs and iodides
Currently there is no cure for psoriasis.
Treatment is based on the type of psoriasis you have, its location, its severity, and your age and overall health. It also depends on how much you are affected either physically (such as joint pain) or emotionally (embarrassment or frustration from a skin rash that may be highly visible).
Treatment for mild psoriasis begins with skin care by keeping your skin moist. Basic treatment that you can get without a prescription.
- Creams, ointments, and lotions to moisturize the skin.
- Shampoos, oils, and sprays to treat psoriasis of the scalp.
- Some exposure to sunlight.
Topical medicines for psoriasis treatment include:
Vitamin D compounds, such as calcipotriene.
Topical corticosteroids, such as betamethasone.
Anthralin and tars.
Retinoids, such as tazarotene.
Salicylic acid, promotes sloughing of dead skin cells and reduces scaling.
Moisturizing creams won’t heal psoriasis but they can reduce itching and scaling and can help combat the dryness that results from other therapies.
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