What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is one of the more serious skin diseases.
psoriasis is a autoimmune inflammatory skin disease which is common, chronic, scaly rash that affects people of all ages (about 2% of the population). There is a genetic predisposition to psoriasis. it tends to run in families. Psoriasis is also influenced by many environmental factors. It is not contagious and is not due to an allergy or an infectious disease but a life style induced disease. Psoriatic patients suffer from systemic disorders in which the immune system sends faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle process of the skin. .
The most common ages for psoriasis to first appear are in the late teens and in the 50s. It affects men and women equally, although in children girls are more commonly affected than boys.
About 5% of those with psoriasis will also develop joint pains (psoriatic arthritis), which may involve one or more joints. This can be very debilitating
It has become clear that people with psoriasis are more likely to have
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
Psoriasis affects all races and both sexes. Although psoriasis can be seen in people of any age, from babies to seniors, most commonly patients are first diagnosed in their early adult years. The quality of life of patients with psoriasis is often diminished because of the appearance of their skin. Recently, it has become clear that people with psoriasis are more likely to have diabetes, high blood lipids, and heart disease. There are hypotheses as to how this might related to their overall ability to control inflammation. Caring for psoriasis takes medical teamwork