yinxuebing-470x313Psoriasis is a common, chronic, relapsing/remitting, immune-mediated systemic disease characterized by skin lesions including red, scaly patches, papules, and plaques, which usually itch. The skin lesions seen in psoriasis may vary in severity from minor localized patches to complete body coverage.

It develops when one's immune system gives incorrect orders that tell skin cells to grow exceedingly rapid. Instead of form in weeks as the new skin normally does, person with psoriasis form the new skin in days. As a result, the body is not able to shed these excess skin cells and they keep piling up on the skin surface, then comes the patches of psoriasis. In most cases, it appears on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back. Psoriasis is most common in adults while children and teenagers can get it as well.

Statistics about Psoriasis

•Prevalence of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S.. According to current studies, as many as 7.5 million Americans—approximately 2.2 percent of the population--have psoriasis.....Read More  >>
•Quality of life for Psoriasis Patients
Psoriasis is not a cosmetic problem. Nearly 60 percent of people with psoriasis reported their disease to be a large problem in their everyday life. Nearly 40 percent with psoriatic arthritis reported their disease to be a large problem in everyday life.....Read More  >>
•Severity of Psoriasis
The National Psoriasis Foundation defines mild psoriasis as affecting less than 3 percent of the body; 3 percent to 10 percent is considered moderate; more than 10 percent is considered severe.....Read More  >>
•Cost of Psoriasis
Total direct and indirect health care costs of psoriasis for patients are calculated at $135 billion annually in the U.S., or up to $26,000 per person. Direct costs, which include the cost of treatment and doctor's visits, can be as high as $8,000 each year per person.....Read More  >>

More about Psoriasis

•Cause of Psoriasis
Currently there's no full understanding for the cause of psoriasis, but a few theories exist. The cause includes genetics, lifestyle, HIV, medications. It is not purely a skin disorder and can have a negative impact on many organ systems......Read More  >>
•Diagnosis of Psoriasis
Doctors usually diagnose the psoriasis according to the appearance of the skin. There are several typical characteristics for psoriasis such as scaly, erythematous plaques, papules, or patches of skin that may lead to pain and itch......Read More  >>
•Classification of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is classified as a papulosquamous disorder and is most commonly subdivided into different categories according to histological characteristics. The five main types of psoriasis are plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic.....Read More>>
•Prognosis of Psoriasis
Psoriasis has a negative effect on the quality of life for both the patient and the individual's family members. Basing on the severity and location of outbreaks, patients would experience significant physical discomfort and disability. Itch and pain interfere with basic functions, such as self-care and sleep......Read More  >>

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