Understanding Psoriasis

Despite affecting an estimated 7.5 million Americans, psoriasis is still a widely misunderstood condition. It develops as a result of an autoimmune disorder and involves the rapid buildup of skin cells, leaving patients with red patches of skin with silvery scales, dry or cracked skin, itching or burning, crusting and more. This chronic condition affects patients of all ages, and can appear anywhere on the body. To help get a better understanding of this condition, take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about psoriasis.

Five Facts about Psoriasis

  1. Psoriasis is not contagious. As psoriasis can leave skin red, raised and scaly, many think that it is an infection they can "catch" if they come into contact with it. However, this condition is not contagious and cannot be spread through any form of contact.
  2. There is no cure for psoriasis While there is currently no cure available for this condition, there are a number of treatment options aimed at reducing or eliminating the symptoms that accompany it. These can include oral medication, light therapies, topical treatments or any combination of these options.
  3. There are several different types of psoriasis. There are five forms of psoriasis -- plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, inverse psoriasis and erythrodermic psoriasis. Each type can bring about their own set of symptoms, and patients may sometimes experience more than one form of psoriasis.
  4. Psoriasis can bring about additional conditions. Those living with psoriasis are at an increased risk for additional health concerns, known as comorbidities. These include psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more.
  5. The cause is unknown. While the majority of researchers agree that psoriasis develops due to the immune system being mistakenly triggered, there is currently no known cause for this condition. Triggers can include stress, skin injury, the effects of certain drugs, smoking and more.
  6. To Learn More about Psoriasis, Contact Dr. Jennifer Reichel Today.

    For more information psoriasis and the treatment options available, contact the Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Seattle and Renton. To schedule an appointment, please call 206-859-5777. We look forward to meeting you.

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