We all find our skin to be dry and itchy every now and then. For those with psoriasis, this sensation is almost constant. In fact, this skin condition, which affects up to 7.5 million people, can become downright painful in its severe forms.
Psoriasis is a persistent disease of the skin that typically develops on the scalp, elbows, lower back, and knees, where patches of skin become thickened and red with inflammation, and can develop silvery scales. These scales, called plaques, may become intensely itchy and sore, to a point where they impede one’s ability to sleep, walk, or perform daily activities comfortably.
Like many other skin conditions, psoriasis can be mild, moderate, or severe. Some people have such a mild form that they do not realize they have this condition, while others live in a debilitating degree of discomfort. Psoriasis, in its moderate to severe forms, is physically uncomfortable and impacts total well-being. Due to persistent red patches on visible places, people with psoriasis may feel embarrassed about their appearance, and suffer great emotional distress over chronic symptoms.
You do not have to live in embarrassment and discomfort. The Center for Dermatology provides successful, personalized treatment for the relief of symptoms and the promotion of rejuvenated, healthy skin.
Causes of psoriasis
Studies are ongoing to discover the underlying causes of this chronic disorder of the skin. Recently, abnormalities in the function of T-cells, a type of white blood cell, have been linked to psoriasis. These cells normally function to protect the body by fighting disease and infection. In psoriasis, however, these cells seem to be overactive, triggering an immune response that increases inflammation. This inflammation leads to the rapid shedding of skin, which collects on the surface of the skin. Normally, the shedding process takes thirty days. In psoriasis, it occurs in only about four days.