What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a disease which affects the skin. There are various different types, all of which are currently incurable. It can affect any part of the body but is mostly found on the scalp, elbows and knees. The disease is caused when the body wrongly identifies a normal skin cell as a pathogen and then tries to fix the error by creating additional skin tissue.

Instead of a regular skin cycle of around twenty-four days, the process of creating new cells happens in around six days instead. Psoriatic arthritis is also commonly found along with psoriasis as they are both immune-mediated diseases but it is very possible to suffer from one without suffering from the other. The diagnosis is based solely on how the skin looks, there are no specialist tests to establish the strain of disease, or how severe it may be.

Unfortunately, psoriasis is not yet fully understood as to why it happens or how it can be treated fully, but some people have found that acne treatment is able to relieve the bulk of the visible symptoms. There are other forms of assistance available to sufferers such as light therapy that is able to treat the visible damage caused. It is also common for people to be offered counselling and therapy to help with self-esteem and image issues. About thirty-three per cent of newly discovered cases are reported to be children, so the help is very much required to counter the potential effects of bullying.

The disease is rated by severity, such as mild, moderate and severe. This is based on how much of the body that the disease covers, how bad the condition actually is and the impact on life quality for the person suffering. Although over sixty per cent of diagnosed cases are classified as mild (they only cover a small part of the body), a much higher percentage of sufferers state that the disease causes many issues in their comfort of living. They state that they are embarrassed and have low self-esteem due to the condition and therefore cannot do everything a non-sufferer can.

To Summarize:
  • Although this disease is unfortunately incurable at this moment in time, there are various methods and forms of therapy which can minimize the impact of this disease to your lifestyle.
  • A cure is being developed and tested but the release date is currently unknown.
  • There are different types of psoriasis. For example, plaque psoriasis causes an excessive build-up of skin in various parts of the body which give that area a silver and white sheen.
  • It's understood that psoriasis can affect a persons quality of life in multiple different ways including depression and other health issues. Depending on how bad it is, it is also able to cause great discomfort and potentially, disability.