A Condition To Be Carefully Looked At
There are many skin conditions out there and some are pretty common. One of the most common skin diseases is Psoriasis and it affects about 3% of the global population- with 7.5 million Americans afflicted with this condition.
Psoriasis is characterized by our body’s ability to produce too much skin cells at a much faster rate. It can affect both men and women and it is common between the ages of 15-35 and also in 50-60 years of age. There are even some cases where people can suffer the condition below the age of 10, but that only accounts for 15% of the cases. There is no real cure as of yet but, there are clinical trials being run with stem cell therapy at the forefront, showing promise of treating and even preventing psoriasis, so good news for the afflicted.
What Are the Symptoms?
It is a known fact that our bodies shed skin from time to time. In normal people, our skin sheds every 30 days, but for people with Psoriasis, their skin sheds at an alarmingly fast rate of just 3 days.
The main symptoms of this condition include red scaly patches that are often covered with silvery patches that shed very easily. It may also cause an intense itching and burning sensation when left untreated.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, this particular skin condition can be classified based on its severity. Mild Psoriasis affects less than 3% of your body; moderate psoriasis affects between 3-10% of the body, and severe cases would affect more than 10% of the body and the unveiling severity sparked the idea to look in other places for a treatment solution, such as stem cells.
In most cases, people would only suffer the mild version of the condition, but around 20% of the global population suffer from the more severe kind.
It must be known that psoriasis affects any part of the body, but they are common in some areas such as the knees, scalp, lower back, and elbows.
Different Types of Psoriasis
- Plaque Psoriasis
This is the most common type of psoriasis as it affects 80% of the people who have this kind of skin condition. It is characterized by the presence of inflamed red lesions that are covered with silver scaly patches that shed easily.
- Inverse Psoriasis
This type of psoriasis can be found in skin folds and areas near the genitals. It can be seen in the groin, under the breasts, armpits, and around the genital area as mentioned before. One characteristic of Inverse Psoriasis is that they are not covered with scaly patches like in the plaque psoriasis and they may appear shiny and smooth.
This type of psoriasis mainly affects people who are overweight and it is often aggravated by sweating and too much stress.
- Erythrodermic Psoriasis
This is a more severe type of condition. It is characterized by too much plaque psoriasis that pretty much covers a large area of the body.
It is linked to an imbalance in the homeostasis of the body and it can lead to fluid and protein loss, as well as severe illness.
If you suspect that you have Erythrodermic Psoriasis, it would be best that you consult with your physician right away.
- Guttate Psoriasis
Only affects people of young age, it can be seen as small red spots in the body and may disappear if there are no triggers (such as stress).
- Pustular Psoriasis
As the name implies, pustules and some red skin surrounding it are the main symptoms of this type of psoriasis and generally affects the adult population.
- Psoriatic Arthritis
Can be found in 40% of Psoriasis sufferers, it is characterized by the inflammation of the joints with symptoms which are similar to Arthritis.