Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, which can also affect an individual’s joints. To this day the cause of psoriasis is unknown, though recently it has been linked to an overactive immune system. Nearly 3.8% of the Australian population is affected and currently it has no cure.
There are 4 known triggers for psoriasis, including:
- – Koebner Phenomenon- injury or trauma to the skin via cuts and abrasions
- – Systemic Infections such as tonsillitis, shingles and some viral/ bacterial infections
- – Drug Interaction from drugs such as steroids, anti- malarial, anti inflammatory and some blood pressure medications including beta blockers
- – Stress, including those who suffer anxiety and worry
Quite often individuals will develop psoriasis in their early twenties, though in some cases psoriasis can develop within the later stages of your life such as those between 55-60 years old.
There are multiple symptoms that an individual may develop including the formation of dry, red, scaly patches of skin known as plaques. Plaques will tend to appear raised. The most common areas in which you may develop psoriasis include the knees, elbows and scalp. Some people may also experience painful and swollen joints.
Psoriasis can not only affect the skin but also the nails. Small dents and discolouration of the nails may be a sign of psoriasis as well as sores that develop on the arms and legs. Sometimes your nails will also separate from the nail bed as well as undergoing changes to the shape and thickness of your nails.
If you are suffering from any of the above signs and symptoms, you may have psoriasis.
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