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Psoriasis – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment #psoriasisawarenessmonth

Psoriasis is a skin and joint condition that afflicts millions of people around the world. Although the condition appears very ominous on the skin, psoriasis is not contagious. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that comes and goes seemingly at will. However, there are certain times when psoriasis may occur. If you or a loved one suffers from psoriasis, you know how crippling this condition can be. Because of the way psoriasis looks, outbreaks may cause you to avoid social contact, wear clothing that hides the outbreak or to feel very uncomfortable in your own skin.

What Causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a result of an autoimmune deficiency. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but scientists do know that psoriasis occurs because the immune system turns on itself. Inflammation in the skin and body is also a contributing factor to psoriasis. There is some evidence that shows that psoriasis can run in the family as an inherited trait. In addition, certain medications known as beta-blockers have been known to produce psoriasis as a side effect. However, the root cause of psoriasis is still unknown, and researchers do not yet know what is the “master switch” that turns psoriasis on and off.

What Are The Symptoms of Psoriasis?

The most obvious sign of psoriasis appears on the surface of the skin. patches of skin turn scaly and white. Silvery-white skin scales appear and may fall off when scratched or rubbed. There is also a deep reddening of the skin. There may be pink or red bumps, and a generally disfigured patch of the skin. The patches are not of a uniform shape and can appear alone or in clusters.

The less obvious symptoms of psoriasis is itching and discomfort. The skin is excessively dry, which causes incessant itching, yet scratching it can result in scales falling off and red dots of blood to appear on the skin. Scratching the psoriasis is also painful. For those who see the psoriasis on someone else, it can look dreadful, and cause involuntary aversion.

When psoriasis occurs on the fingernails or toes, there may be pitting, skin depressions and brownish-yellow separation between the nail and the bed of the nail. Psoriasis has also been known to affect the genitals, navel, inner thighs and buttocks regions of the body. If you suspect you have psoriasis, make an appointment with your physician, since psoriasis can easily be confused with a fungal infection.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Psoriasis?

There is currently no permanent cure for psoriasis. There are topical therapies that can help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, though. Over the counter remedies include the use of coal tar soap to soothe itching. Hydrocortisone creams cool the area and also relieve the itch. Salicylic acid may speed up recovery times. Camphor, menthol and calamine lotions may also provide temporary relief from psoriasis. Psoriasis is a life-long condition that you may have to deal with. Over time, there is hope that researchers will find a cure. In the meantime, these treatment options may help you handle this uncomfortable condition.

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