PLAGUEPSORIASIS Gwen Nytes
What Is It?   It is the most common type of psoriasis –    about 80% of psoriasis cases is plague    psoriasis.   It is ...
What Happens?   This condition is thought to be passed down    through genes. Doctors think it occurs when    the body’s ...
How Do You Get It?   It is not contagious, and doesn’t spread to other    body systems, but can get worse if untreated. ...
How Does It Harm You?   Usually, people who have weaker immune systems have worse cases of    psoriasis.   Psoriasis can...
How Does It Harm You?   Most of the symptoms harm the integumentary    system, because almost all of the symptoms    happ...
Treatment   There are three treatment options:       Topical treatments-skin lotions, ointments, creams, and        sham...
Treatment Effects   Topical treatments won’t have any side effects on    anything but your skin, because nothing is being...
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Plague psoriasis

  1. 1. PLAGUEPSORIASIS Gwen Nytes
  2. 2. What Is It? It is the most common type of psoriasis – about 80% of psoriasis cases is plague psoriasis. It is a very common skin condition that causes skin irritation and redness. The people who get this have thick red skin with flaky silver/white patches known as scales. It occurs most often to people 15-35 years of age, but can happen to anybody. It is a chronic disease, meaning that it cannot be cured but can be controlled.
  3. 3. What Happens? This condition is thought to be passed down through genes. Doctors think it occurs when the body’s immune system confuses healthy cells for dangerous materials. Skin cells typically grow deep in the skin and come to the surface about once a month. For people with psoriasis, the process is too fast, so dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin.
  4. 4. How Do You Get It? It is not contagious, and doesn’t spread to other body systems, but can get worse if untreated. These things may trigger and attack of psoriasis or make it harder to treat:  Viral or bacteria infections, including upper respiratory infections and strep throat.  Dry skin or dry air  Injury to the skin-burns, cuts, insect bites, etc.  Stress  Not enough sunlight  Sunburn (too much sunlight)  Too much alcohol
  5. 5. How Does It Harm You? Usually, people who have weaker immune systems have worse cases of psoriasis. Psoriasis can appear rapidly or gradually. Many times, it goes away and keeps coming back again and again. Symptoms:  Red, flaky, irritated patches of skin  Red patches are able to appear anywhere on the body, including the scalp The skin can be:  Itchy – The itching may cause bleeding, affecting the circulatory system.  Dry and covered with flaky, silver skin (scales)  Salmon-colored  Thick and raised Other symptoms can include:  Joint pain (skeletal)  Nail changes-yellow/brown nails, thick nails, dents in the nail, nail lifts off from the underneath skin (integumentary)  Severe dandruff (integumentary)  This type generally occurs on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back
  6. 6. How Does It Harm You? Most of the symptoms harm the integumentary system, because almost all of the symptoms happen to the skin.
  7. 7. Treatment There are three treatment options:  Topical treatments-skin lotions, ointments, creams, and shampoos  Cortisone ointments and creams  Creams to remove the scaling  Dandruff shampoos (over-the-counter or prescribed)  Moisturizers  Prescription medicines containing vitamins A or D  Phototherapy-uses light to treat psoriasis  Medical treatment where your skin is exposed to ultra violet light  UVB penetrates the skin and slows down the growth of affected skin cells  Pills or biologics (injected into body)-usually these are only used if you have a moderate or severe case.  The pills suppress the immune’s system reaction to the disorder.  Biologics block the action of the immune system T cells, or by
  8. 8. Treatment Effects Topical treatments won’t have any side effects on anything but your skin, because nothing is being entered into your body. Biologic drugs can cause serious side effects, but it is not very common. The main concern is that it will cause infections or lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes – immune system). In phototherapy your condition may worsen before it gets better. Overexposure can cause reddening or itching of the skin, which infects the integumentary system.

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