What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects around 2% of the world’s population. It is caused by an overactive immune system, which leads to rapid skin cell growth – resulting in red, scaly patches forming on the surface of the skin. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp and nails, but it most commonly appears on the elbows and knees.
The severity of psoriasis can vary from person to person; some people may only have mild symptoms (such as dryness and itchiness) while others may experience more severe symptoms (such as painful cracking and bleeding). In most cases, psoriasis flares up periodically before subsiding again.
Treatment for psoriasis includes topical creams and ointments, as well as systemic medications (such as corticosteroids).
In addition to its physical effects, psoriasis can also have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Those with the condition may find that their self-confidence is affected due to the visible signs of psoriasis. It can also lead to depression and anxiety due to the stigma associated with it. Furthermore, those living with severe forms of psoriasis may experience work or school disruption due to their symptoms.
Fortunately, there are many resources available for those seeking help. If you suspect you have this condition please do not wait, we can help!