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       Psoriasis, a skin disease characterized by scaling and swelling, is caused by a malfunction in the immune
       system. Psoriasis is very likely to run in families, but it can also be triggered by certain situations, such as
                                                      emotional stress
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                                                  Important Facts About Psoriasis
                                                                 By Rolf Joho



   Psoriasis is a skin disease. It looks like red, dry, scaly patches on the skin. These are known as
“lesions”. From when it first appears, it can last the rest of the person’s life, with periods of relative calm
and other “flairs” when it is worse. It can be anywhere on the body, and can appear at any age. The
scaly patches caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of excessive and inflammation
skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes on a silvery-white appearance.
Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the knees and elbows, but can affect any area including the
gentials and scalp. In contrast to eczema, psoriasis is more likely to be found on the extensor aspect of
the joint.

Is It Contagious?

 Psoriasis is absolutely not contagious. You won’t get it from being around someone who has it, even if
you come in contact with them, their skin, their breath, their saliva, etc. There is a genetic tendency,
however, so if the mother or father has it, there’s a good chance that one or more of the children will
also develop it during their lifetime.

Does It Hurt?

Some people with psoriasis do not have any issues with the way it feels, but most do. The raw skin is
more often described as burning, stinging, bleeding, itchy or sore.

How Many People Have It?

 In the United States, 4.5 million adults have psoriasis. Children can also get it, but most people see it
between 15 and 35 years old. It can be in those of any race, and men and women both get it.

What Causes Psoriasis?

 Researchers are still figuring out what causes psoriasis. It is believed to be an auto-immune disease,
and can be triggered by stress, skin injuries, drug reactions, or an infection. In psoriasis, the immune
system seems to be working overtime, creating new skin cells at a much faster rate than needed.
These cells accumulate on the skin, creating the lesions on the skin. Research is continually ongoing.

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How Severe Is It?

 Psoriasis can be severe, but for many people it is just mild or moderate. There are two determinates of
severity. First, how much of the body does the psoriasis cover? For measuring purposes, the palm of
the hand covers one percent of the body. Secondly, how much does the psoriasis limit your daily
activities? This will differ depending on where the psoriasis is and how it impacts the person’s life.

What About A Cure?

 Research is ongoing, but so far, there is no cure. It generally must be treated for the rest of the
person’s life. There are various topical and systemic options, but nothing usually will eliminate it. Also,
for many people, phototherapy treatments can be a God-send. (For others, spending extra time
outdoors will accomplish the same thing.)

What Can I Do To Help?

 First, be kind to those who have. Don’t act like they have leprosy (they don’t) and don’t make a big
deal out of it if or when you see it. Second, participate in a research study – whether you have
psoriasis or not. Research studies need control groups who don’t have the disease too, so don’t be
shy. Help us out, please!

Rolf Joho is owner of http://www.internetinfomedia.com and writes on a variety of subjects. For more
Psoriasis questions visit: http://www.agentmon.com/psoriasis/




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                                            Who Gets Psoriasis? 4.5 Million Adults!
                                                         By Melvin H.Gill



 Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease which affects the skin and joints. When it affects the skin it
commonly appears as red scaly elevated patches called plaques. Psoriasis plaques frequently occur
on the elbows and knees, but can affect any area of skin including the scalp and genital area.

Psoriasis can vary in severity, from minor localized patches to extensive or even complete skin
coverage. Fingernails and toenails are often affected (psoriatic nail dystrophy). Psoriasis can also
cause inflammation of the joints. This is known as psoriatic arthritis.

Who Gets Psoriasis? More than 4.5 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with
psoriasis, and approximately 150,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. An estimated 20% have
moderate to severe psoriasis.

Is Psoriasis Gender Biased? Psoriasis occurs about equally in males and females. Recent studies
show that there may be an ethnic link. It seems that psoriasis is most common in Caucasians and
slightly less common in African Americans. Worldwide, psoriasis is most common in Scandinavia and
other parts of northern Europe. It appears to be far less common among Asians and is rare in Native
Americans.

There also is a genetic component associated with psoriasis. Approximately one-third of people who
develop psoriasis have at least one family member with the condition.

Research shows that the signs and symptoms of psoriasis usually appear between 15 and 35 years of
age. About 75% develop psoriasis before age 40. However, it is possible to develop psoriasis at any
age. After age 40, a peak onset period occurs between 50 and 60 years of age.

Childhood Psoriasis About 1 in 10 people develop psoriasis during childhood, and psoriasis can begin
in infancy. The earlier the psoriasis appears, the more likely it is to be widespread and recurrent.

There is growing emphasis on quality of life research in all of medicine, and psoriasis impacts on every
dimension of health-related quality of life. In my patient population, many of my patients are spending
an hour a day taking care of their psoriasis and are using numerous treatments. Psoriasis treatment is
costly, financially and psycologically.

Psoriatic Arthritis Psoriatic arthritis develops in roughly one million people across the United States,
and 5% to 10% experience some disability. Psoriatic arthritis usually first appears between 30 and 50
years of age, often months to years after skin lesions first occur.

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition and CAN be cured! We urge you to find out more about
Psoriasis at http://Psoriasis.eask.info




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