Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the skin, nails, and joints causing skin cells to multiply 10 times faster than normal. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, around 7.4 million Americans are living with psoriasis. While there is no current cure for psoriasis, there are many ways to manage the symptoms and stop the cells from growing so quickly.
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Most of these treatments are lifestyle changes such as using moisturizer, stress management techniques, and quitting smoking. However, there are also some topical treatments and medications. First, let’s take a look at some of the signs and symptoms of psoriasis…
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic, intermittently relapsing inflammatory disease characterized by pink scaly rash on the skin often covered with white thick scale. The cause of psoriasis is complex and not 100-percent understood. There is very much a genetic risk factor along with possible environmental factors that trigger the onset of disease.
Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, but it typically develops on joints such as elbows and knees. It can also occur on the hands, feet, neck, scalp, and face, says Healthline. Psoriasis has been linked to other chronic conditions such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and obesity.