What is psoriasis? Psoriasis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease in which the skin developes areas which become thickly covered with silvery scales due to a disorder in the immune system.
Who gets psoriasis? In most adult sufferers, the disease is hereditary involving multiple genes. With children, sometimes a virus or strep throat can trigger an attack consisting of tiny spots of psoriasis, while middle-aged adults will usually develop a non-hereditary form of the skin disease.
What causes psoriasis? Psoriasis may be triggered by changes in climate, infections, stress, excessive use of alcohol, a drug related rash, and dry skin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Indocin, Advil, Feldene and others), blood pressure medications, Beta-blockers such as Tenomin and Inderral, oral steroids such as Prednisone, and anti-depressants such as lithium may also trigger the development of psoriasis.
How many types of psoriasis are there? The main forms of psoriasis are vulgaris, pustular, plaque, and inverse. The most common form is vulgaris, which appears as reddened patches a few cm across in size. Pustular, appears as blisters of noninfectious pus on a base of reddened skin. Plaque, will display areas of reddened skin covered with silvery scales. Inverse, appears as smooth, shinny red patches in areas of friction such as in folds of skin in the groin, armpits or under the breasts. Psoriasis may also affect some of the joints causing discomfort and restricted motion called psoriatic arthritis. It may also affect the fingernails and toenails.
How is psoriasis treated? The lowest level of treatment is the use of topical medicines which are applied to the skin (eg. Topical Corticosteroids, Dovonex, synthetic-activated forms of vitamin D3, Coal tars and Tozarac. The next level involves treatments with Utlraviolet Light Phototherapy (eg. UVB ). The final level of treatment involves taking medicines internally such as PUVA-Oxsoralen-Ultra capsules and Soriatane (derived from Vit. A) or Methotrexate which can be taken orally or as an injection to suppress the immune system in order to control the psoriasis.
How does PsorCare treats psoriasis? Psorcare treats Psoriasis by inducing apoptasis (programmed cell death) onto the psoriatic cells.
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