Watch this video with Cyndi and Dr. Weinberg to get the facts about plaque psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that starts under the skin and is characterized by thick, red, scaly skin plaques. It’s not a rash, and it’s not contagious. And while it’s not curable, it can be controlled with the proper treatment.
What causes psoriasis?
While the specific causes are not fully known, it’s believed that there are multiple molecules in your immune system, including IL-17A, that may play a role in inflammation. When there are too many of these molecules, they cause an inflammatory response that contributes to an overgrowth of skin cells. This results in thick, red, scaly plaques that can appear all over the skin. The skin plaques can also be painful and itchy.
What’s the difference between moderate and severe plaque psoriasis?
The severity of plaque psoriasis may be measured by total coverage, the locations of the plaques, and how it affects you.
MODERATE: 3% to 10% of the body has psoriasis.
SEVERE: More than 10% of the body has psoriasis.
What are the symptoms?
Plaque psoriasis symptoms you can see and feel:
Red patches of skin
Dry, cracked skin that can bleed
Pitted or thickened nails
“Living with psoriasis is like being in jail. You’re not free at all. The stares, the looks. I had it all over my body.”
Individual results may vary. Gary was compensated for his time.
“The psoriasis itch is not a surface itch. It feels deep, like you cannot get to it. It doesn’t matter how hard you scratch.”
Individual results may vary. LauraLee was compensated for her time.
Why do symptoms come and go?
There are many reasons why your psoriasis symptoms may come and go or get worse at certain times. Triggers can include certain infections, skin trauma or injury, stress, alcohol, smoking, cold or dry weather, starting some medications, stopping medication, or even the natural course of the disease. Triggers can differ from person to person. It’s a good idea to keep track of your symptoms and triggers to help you manage them. Talk to your doctor about how best to keep track of your symptoms.
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