What Is Psoriasis?
Understanding as much as possible about psoriasis can be the first step in managing it. Empower yourself and face your disease head-on by familiarizing yourself with some basic facts about psoriasis.
Types of psoriasis
There are 5 major types of psoriasis you should know about.
For a more in-depth look at the different types, plus pictures of psoriasis, click here.
Psoriasis starts underneath the skin
Psoriasis is commonly mistaken as “just a skin condition.” But it's actually a chronic (long-lasting) disease of the immune system. While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, scientists believe the immune system mistakenly activates a reaction in the skin cells, which speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells. Plaque psoriasis, the most common form of psoriasis, causes itchy skin spots, red patches, and thick flaky lesions to form.
In addition to symptoms that appear on your skin, psoriasis can also affect your joints through a related condition called psoriatic arthritis. Tell your dermatologist about any pain, stiffness, or swelling you've experienced in and around your joints.
While there's currently no cure for psoriasis, there are different treatment options available. Familiarize yourself with the latest psoriasis treatments, and discuss with your dermatologist if any of them may be right for you.
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