Psoriasis is classified as a chronic and persistent, inflammatory skin disease. While psoriasis may look contagious, this skin condition is hereditary. It cannot be passed from one person to another. Some cases of psoriasis can be very mild that an individual may not notice they even have it. Alternatively, severe psoriasis tends to cover large areas of the body, showing on the skin as thick, red, flaky and at times itchy patches known as plaques.
Psoriasis develops when a individual’s immune system sends defective signals to skin cells promoting them to grow more rapidly than needed. This means new skin cells form in days rather than weeks. The skin cells then begin to pile up on the surface of the skin. As a result, the body does not shed these excess skin cells quick enough to balance out the development of new skin cells.
Psoriasis can be triggered by stress, strep infections, the cold and dry winter weather or lack of sunlight also can trigger psoriasis. Injured skin can also cause psoriasis to flare up. Skin injuries that affect psoriasis can include a cut, scratch, or severe sunburn. This is known as Koebner’s phenomenon or an isomorphic response.
There are 7 types of psoriasis, each with unique signs and symptoms. While there is no known cure for psoriasis, there are number of treatment options available that can help control psoriasis outbreaks. Our professional staff will develop a custom tailored treatment plan for your specific circumstance.