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Psoriasis - Symptoms, Types, and Treatment

Written by
Dr. Rabia
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published on Mar 16, 2019 and last reviewed on Feb 19, 2021   -  1 min read


Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease characterized by red and scaly lesions on the body, more commonly over the extensor surfaces of the body.

Psoriasis - Symptoms, Types, and Treatment

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease characterized by red and scaly lesions on the body, more commonly over the extensor surfaces of the body. Psoriasis is a multifactorial disease, meaning its exact cause is not known, but it is influenced by factors such as environment, genes, and infections.

What Are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?

The symptoms of psoriasis are itching and excessive scaliness. Patients of psoriasis have significant impairment in their quality of life due to depression and suffering associated with the disease. Apart from skin, it also affects the nails and joints of individuals. Patients suffering from it also have scalylesionsin the scalp.

This disease is now considered to be systemic because studies show that it involves not only skin but also affects other systems in the body. Psoriasis is commonly seen with metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of obesity, hypertension, and cardiac disease.

What Are the Types of Psoriasis?

The different types of psoriasis are:

  1. Psoriasis vulgaris (the most common and plaque-type).
  2. Guttate psoriasis.
  3. Erythroderma.
  4. Flexural psoriasis.
  5. Rupioid.
  6. Elephantine psoriasis.

What Are the Risk Factors?

It can occur at any age, in childhood, in adults, or old age. Sometimes, it gets precipitated during pregnancy. Psoriasis can be triggered by infections, drugs, sunlight, smoking, and alcohol.

How Is Psoriasis Treated?

Psoriasis is treated according to its severity.


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