Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. It is characterized by red, scaly skin patches which are usually found on the scalp, elbows and knees, and may be associated with severe arthropathy.<br />
<ul><li> Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Small scaling spots.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> Dry, cracked skin that may bleed.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Itching, burning or soreness.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Thickened, pitted or ridged nails.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Swollen and stiff joints.</li></li></ul><li>Mode of Transmission<br />
Researchers feel that psoriasis is an immune system disorder but also think that genetics and the environment contribute to flare-ups. There are several triggers that can make psoriasis worse.<br />medication<br />weather <br />stress<br />smoking<br />alcoholism<br />
<ul><li>Topical medications such as lotions, ointments, creams, and shampoos.
Body-wide (systemic) medications, which are pills or injections that affect the whole body, not just the skin
Phototherapy, which uses light to treat psoriasis.</li></li></ul><li>Diseases<br />
<ul><li>Thickened skin and bacterial skin infections caused by scratching in an attempt to relieve severe itching
Fluid and electrolyte imbalance in the case of severe pustular psoriasis
Low self-esteem, depression, stress and anxiety, social isolation.</li></li></ul><li>Screening Procedure<br />
Your doctor will look at your skin. Diagnosis is usually based on what the skin looks like. Sometimes, a skin biopsy is done to rule out other possible conditions. If you have joint pain, your doctor may order x-rays.<br />
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