Here is some important information from the video:
What is psoriasis?
- Psoriasis is a condition of the skin that is formed when the immune system malfunctions.
- It’s estimated that 5 to 8 million Americans have this disease.
- The exact causes of psoriasis is currently unknown.
- Psoriasis is chronic, it may come and go.
- It is known that it starts in the immune system.
How does it develop?
- Healthy T-cells function to protect the body from infections by fighting foreign invaders.
- A flare-up occurs when t-cells mistakenly attack the body’s own skin cells.
- The body answers back by very quickly producing new skin cells faster than the old layers of skin can be shed.
- Extra t-cells are produced as well, and the cycle begins that leads to a thick scaling and/or reddening of skin.
Types of psoriasis
- “Plaque psoriasis” – can be found anywhere (usually elbows and/or knees). Looks like dry, red patches of skin covered with a silver scale.
- “Guttate psoriasis” – usually seen in children and young adults. May develop after a strep throat. Characterized by small sores with a thin scale of skin. Usually clears up within weeks or months.
- “Pustular psoriasis” – is generally located on the palms or soles of the feet. Involves small white pustules surrounded by red skin. However, generalized pustular psoriasis can affect the entire body and be life threatening.
- “Inverse psoriasis” – is common in overweight people. Friction and sweating may irritate inflamed, red lesions in the folds of the skin.
- “Erythrodermic psoriasis” – is the least common form of psoriasis but is potentially life threatening because of electrolyte imbalances that result from all the skin irritation. Characterized by increased itching, redness and pain all around the body.
- “Psoriatic arthritis” – can cause stiffness and pain and has the potential to deform joints. It can be seen in any of the above mentioned forms of psoriasis.
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