What is Psoriasis and how do you get it?
Psoriasis is unfortunately a lifelong skin condition that affects well over 7 million Americans.
It is an autoimmune disorder. Basically, your immune system mistakenly attacks skin cells which forces that area into hyper-production of skin cells to compensate for the attack.
Psoriasis presents itself most commonly as red, inflamed patches of skin with whitish-silver scales.
Other signs include dry skin that cracks & bleeds and itchiness or burning sensations around these patches.
It is a cyclical condition that has flare-ups for a few weeks or months then goes into remission for a period of time.
Common triggers include:
- Infection like skin sores or strep throat
- Cold, dry weather conditions
- Certain medications
- Heavy alcohol consumption
Click here if you or a family member is prone to Psoriasis, to learn more about what you can do about it.
*Please note this is not medical advice and you should always seek such advice from medical professionals.