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Psoriasis is an immune condition, which causes skin symptoms and often affects the joints as well.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis occurs when the person’s skin replacement process speeds up, taking just a few days to replace skin cells that usually take between 21 to 28 days. All these skin cells then start to build up and form what look like “plaques” on the skin. These plaques can then become red, itchy, scaly and flaky. It can occur on any part of the body such as scalp, hands and feet.
Psoriasis is very common, severity however can range from mild to severe.
95% of psoriasis can be easily treated with a mixture of creams, vitamins and lights.
Psoriasis is an extremely variable condition FACT and can present itself in several ways, such as
scaling on the scalp, body rashes, nail problems, joint and heart disease.
Psoriasis is contagious – You cannot catch or give the condition to anyone.
Psoriasis is curable – Unfortunately psoriasis is rarely curable, however by identifying triggers and effective treatment plans, psoriasis can be kept under control.
Psoriasis is just a skin condition – Psoriasis is more than “just a skin condition”, it can affect both self-esteem and physical health.
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Who gets psoriasis? MYTH
It is estimated that it affects between 2% and 3 % of the UK population, however some figures estimate up to 5%. Psoriasis can occur at any time in a person’s life; however it seems to be more prevalent in either the late teens to early thirties, or the age range of 50 to 60 years.
Can psoriasis be treated?
Yes, there are various treatments available but the process of finding the correct treatment can often be a method of trial and error. The first thing you should do is to go to your GP to get a diagnosis confirmed and once it is confirmed you can begin treatment or be referred to a dermatologist.
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