Today is World Psoriasis Day– a day dedicated to people who have psoriasis. The theme for this year is ‘Informed!’ Staying informed about this condition is important since it isn’t uncommon- it affects 2% of people worldwide.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition which sometimes also affects the nails and joints. Though not life threatening, it can affect quality of life and recurrences are common.
Can it pass on from one person to another?
No, coming in contact with an affected person will not affect you.
What causes Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition, with an interplay of multiple factors. Click each factor to learn more.
Immunology & Skin turnover dynamics
What does Psoriasis look like?
Click to know how Psoriasis presents clinically at each site.
Psoriasis affecting different sites
Are there other conditions associated with Psoriasis?
A person who develops psoriasis needs to be assessed for associated ‘metabolic’ diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and obesity by the treating physician.
Is there a cure?
Psoriasis is a disease which is treatable and can be effectively controlled but is not completely curable.
Thankfully there are many treatments available which can target the inflammation process so as to normalise the skin turnover time, reduce redness as well as itching.
One’s dermatologist is the best person to assess and choose the best treatment for psoriasis depending on the type, extent and severity of the condition. Often, a combination of treatment works best. It’s important to not self-medicate, since wrong treatment can make the disease unstable.