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It is an autoimmune disease which causes cells to develop rapidly on the skin. The overgrowth an lead to thick, scaly plaques which causes itch and discomfort.

Parts of the body which are affected by psoriasis are

1) elbows and knees

2) face, scalp

3) genitals

4) low back

5) arms, palms and feet

Types of psoriasis

80 to 90% of the psoriasis type is plaque psoriasis. Other types are

1) inverse psoriasis- this appears in skin fold. It looks like thin pink plaques without scales.

2) guttate psoriasis - it may appears after sore throat as it is caused by streptococcal infection. It looks like small, red drop shaped scaly spots.

3)pustular psoriasis- has small, pus filled bumps on top of the red patches.

4) sebopsoriasis- appears on the face and scalp as red bumps and plaques with greasy yellow scale

Note- psoriasis is most common in winter , when people gets less sunlight. And male gender are most prone. The rash is not contagious . You can't get it from affected ones. Psoriasis has no cure.

Risk factors

1) family history- psoriasis can run in genes. If one of the parent is carrier then 50% of the chances are there that one of the child will have psoriatic symptoms .

2) stress- excessive stress can hamper your immune system, increased level of stress can become the cause of this disease

3) smoking- smoking will play a vital role in the initial development and will deteriorate the condition

Complications of psoriasis

1) eye conditions such as blepharitis, conjunctivitis.

2) hypertension

3) depression

4) cardiovascular disease

5) type 2 diabetes

6) psoriatic arthritis

7) chron's disease, celiac disease, scelerosis, inflammatory bowel disease


Main aim of the treatment is to reduce the growth of the cells and releive symptoms like itching, dry skin. Common treatment includes

1) steroid creams

2) moisturizer for dry skin, aloevera gel.

3) retinoid creams, vit d based creams, coal tar.

For severe psoriasis treatment includes

Light therapy which includes ultraviolet light on the skin. PUVA is a treatment includes psoralens tablet with ultraviolet rays.

Psoralen tablets should be taken 2 hours before sunlight exposure. Psoralen Mgs will be dependable on patient's weight and age.

10mg for less than 30 kg

20mg for 30 to 50 kg

30mg for 51 to 65kg

40mg for 66 to 80kg

50mg for 81 to 90kg

60mg for 91 to 115kg

70mg for more than 115kg


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