Psoriasis

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by AnnaDuke
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Human Anatomy
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Psoriasis

What is Psoriasis?Psoriasis is a non-communicable autoimmune disease, causing an itchy, red rash with silvery scales on top, mainly appearing on the scalp and knees, also appearing anywhere else on the body.

Preventing Psoriasis Flare-Ups-There is no definite way to prevent psoriasis, but people with psoriasis can avoid certain things to avoid psoriasis flaring up. These triggers include stress, injury to skin, certain medications such as Lithium, Antimalarials, Inderal, Quindine, and Indonethacin. Also, anything affecting the immune system, like infections, could trigger psoriasis.

Psoriasis

What Causes Psoriasis?Psoriasis is caused by the body's own T-cells attacking healthy skin cells, forcing the body to make new skin cells faster than the body can get rid of the old ones, causing the itchy red rash.

A Knee with Psoriasis

How is it Transmitted?As I said, Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, so it can't be transmitted from person to person, by touch, through the air, or any thing like that. No one is sure what exactly causes psoriasis, but it is probably hereditary.

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Signs and Symptoms-Red patches of skin covered with sivlery scales, small scaling spots, cracked, dry skin that may bleed, itching, burning, sorness, and swollen and stiff joints are all symptoms of psoriasis.

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Treatments-There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are many treatments. They include topical creams for less severe psoriasis, UV light treatments, also known as photo therapy, which exposes the skin to UV rays, and pills or injections called systemics that directly target the immune system which initially caused the psoriasis.

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Interesting Facts-1. Psoriasis affects nearly 3% of the world's population.2. The name comes from ancient Greek. "Psora" meaning Itch and "sis" meaning disease. So, it is basically "itch-disease".3. The first symptoms of psoriasis typically occur from ages 10-35, though the first symptoms can occur anytime in someone's life.4. Psoriasis naturally responds slowly to treatment, so it won't go away "just like that".

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Video Link-http://www.healthination.com/skin/psoriasis/what-is-psoriasis/


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