Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, dry thickening layers on the skin and this condition is noncontiguous. It is a chronic skin condition. The symptoms vary from patient to patient and from mild to severe. The symptoms may simultaneously worsen or get better. In some cases the symptoms cannot be seen as the affected area will have very light red patches over it. Psoriasis affects male and female population equally and even though it is present from infancy; it is usually identified later in life.
Psoriasis is an inherited condition; people belonging to the same family might be affected with this condition, but, the exact causes of this condition are unknown. Immune system function and also environmental factors play a role in occurrence of this condition. The affected part of the skin is often red in color and is raised. Elbow, scalp and knee area skin is usually affected with psoriasis. Yellow separations on nails can also be a symptom of this condition.
There are different types of psoriasis and they affect different areas of the skin. This skin condition can also affect joints, pain in joints with perfectly clear skin can be a sign of this disorder and when this condition is associated with joint problems it is known as psoriasis arthritics. A person suffering from this condition might suffer from joint inflammation in hands, knees and ankles.
This condition is very serious and a person suffering from this should seek treatment. Physical examination is done to diagnose psoriasis, lab test are done rule out other conditions that might cause similar symptoms.
Treatment is provided to stop the symptoms from worsening. The treatment varies from person to person depending on the severity and the type of psoriasis. Mild form of this disease is treated using lotions and creams and advance treatments are used such as ultra-violet treatments or pills and injections are used to treat severe form of this disease. There are also ayurvedic treatments available to treat this disease.