All you need to know about Psoriasis

 Psoriasis is a skin disease with no cure. It causes red scaly patches with itching mostly on knees, elbow, trunk & scalp. It's an autoimmune disease that can impact on any body parts. This condition occurs due to the faster growth of skin cells than the normal process. Psoriasis is non-contagious, will not spread from person to person.


The two main factors which cause psoriasis are:

  1. Immune system

  2. Genetics

Generally, the immune system fights against infections that invade our body but in some cases, it (WBC cells) attacks healthy skin cells mistakenly, which results in quick production of skin cells. These extra skin cells appear on the body surface as scaly & red inflammation and plaques which sometimes crack & even bleed.

Genetics is also one of the reasons for the cause of psoriasis. People inherit the genes which result in developing psoriasis. If any of your family members has psoriasis, then the chances of you getting psoriasis are higher. 


The symptoms of psoriasis are not the samee, varies from one person to other depending on the severity.

The most common symptoms are:

  • red, raised, inflamed patches of so or whitish-silver scales or plaques on the red patches

  • dry skin that may crack and bleed

  • soreness around patches

  • itching and burning sensations around patches

  • thick pitted nails

  • painful, swollen joints

Sometimes in few people, these symptoms will disappear completely & even unnoticeable. Some may even experience it again after the remission period.

 Psoriasis symptoms also vary from mild to severe based on the type of psoriasis.


Psoriasis treatment relies on the type & severity of the condition. Generally, the two main options are medication & phototherapy.

Patients with psoriasis should always keep their skin moist with the use of emollients which reduce the itching, irritation and also reduces the number of lesions & plaques.

Phototherapy means regular exposure of skin to UV light under medical supervision. It helps in reducing cell growth & irritation by immune system suppression.

People with psoriasis have a lot of oral, topical & injected medication along with OTC remedies which helps in relieving the symptoms of psoriasis.

Here are some of the oral medications which are very much effective for mild to severe psoriasis symptoms. Please click here:

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