Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin affecting approximately 2% of the world's population.
People with psoriasis typically have defined plaques covered by silvery white scales. These commonly appear on the elbows, knees, scalp and the trunk of the body.
A common and chronic skin disease.
Occurs in all age groups.
Appears equally in males & females.
Effects quality of life to an extent similar to other chronic diseases such as depression / diabetes.
If you have psoriasis, risk to your:
Sibling - 15-20%.
Identical twin - 65-70%.
Child - 25%.
Causative agents / Predisposing factors:
Family history of psoriasis (in 33% cases).
Changes in climate.
Excessive alcohol & smoking.
Certain medicines (lithium and beta blockers).
Body parts likely to be affected:
Can occur on skin anywhere on the body.
Most often occurs on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet.
Approximately 10%-20% of people with psoriasis experience joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis (psoriatic arthritis)
The 'holy grail' cure for psoriasis still eludes modern medicine.
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