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Diagnosed with Psoriasis?

This is what you should know

Psoriasis (sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a lifelong disease that is caused by an overactive immune system.[1][2] It can start an any age, but is most common in the second and third decade of life.[2][3]

You are not alone

Psoriasis is a unique disease, with everyone having unique symptoms. The manifestation of this disease is very unique and skin Psoriasis symptoms vary from mild, to moderate to very severe.

Psoriasis generally affects the scalp (often referred to as scalp psoriasis), face, hands, feet, nails and genitals.[4]

Types of Psoriasis

As the symptoms vary, the types of Psoriasis also tend to vary. Here are few pointers to guide you in the right direction and help you find your unique Psoriasis.

Plaque Psoriasis[5]
  • Most common form of the disease.
  • Appears as raised, red patches often covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells or scales.
  • Size ranges from coin sized to size of a palm.
  • Seen most often on the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back.
  • They are often itchy and painful, and they can crack and bleed.

Plaque Psoriasis symptoms affect 80-90% of Psoriasis sufferers.

Plaque Psoriasis
Guttate Psoriasis[6]
  • Second most common type (seen in 8% of Psoriasis sufferers).
  • Starts at an early age (childhood to young adulthood).
  • Appears as small, round, raised and sometimes scaly spots called papules.
  • Found on arms, legs and torso, occasionally on scalp, face and ears.
  • It develops suddenly and may start after an infection (like strep throat).
Guttate Psoriasis
Pustular Psoriasis[7]
  • Mostly seen in adults.
  • Appears as white pustules that is surrounded by red skin.
  • They may have pus, but they are not infectious or contagious.
  • Mainly limited to hands and feet.
Pustular Psoriasis
Inverse or flexural Psoriasis[7][8]
  • Appears as red, shiny lesions with moist borders.
  • Found mainly in the skin folds (like behind the knee, underarms or groin).
Erythrodermic Psoriasis
Erythrodermic Psoriasis[7]
  • Rare form of psoriasis (3% of Psoriasis sufferers).
  • Spreads across the body, characterized with fiery redness, itching and pain, appearing as red, itchy skin rash.
Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Although Psoriasis cannot be cured, there are many ways to treat and manage the symptoms.[2]

As a person suffering from Psoriasis it is important for you to understand that Psoriasis is not contagious – that means it does not spread through touching or any other form of contact. Once you are convinced that the disease is not contagious, it is easier for people to be more receptive of you.

Did you know? Psoriasis is more than just skin!

Psoriasis is a systemic disease often linked to other diseases. Experts agree that joints, eyes, etc., are also affected in people who have Psoriasis. This spectrum of conditions is called ‘Psoriatic Disease’ and is caused by inflammation due to an overactive immune system. It includes conditions like Psoriatic Arthritis and can impact different organs and systems of the body.[9][10][11]

Knowledge is the key to acceptance. Acknowledge that there’s more to you than your Skin!

Talk to your Dermatologist
about biologics for clear* skin

*No plaque elevation, erythema or
scaling, hyperpigmentation maybe present.

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References

  1. NHS. Psoriasis - Causes. Available [Online] at URL: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Psoriasis/Pages/Causes.aspx  Accessed on 2 October 2017.

  2. National Psoriatic Foundation. About Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. Available [Online] at: https://www.psoriasis.org/sites/default/files/about_psoriasis_and_psoriatic_arthritis1.pdf  Accessed on 22 Jan 2020.

  3. Dogra S, Yadav S. Psoriasis in India: Prevalence and pattern. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2010;76:595-601.

  4. Feldman SR, et al. Patient information: Psoriasis (Beyond the Basics). Available [online] at: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/psoriasis-beyond-the-basics As accessed on 12 October 2017.

  5. National Psoriasis Foundation. Plaque Psoriasis. Available [online] at URL: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/types/plaque. As accessed on 4th October 2019.

  6. National Psoriasis Foundation. Guttate Psoriasis. Available [online] at URL: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/types/guttate. As accessed on 4th October 2019.

  7. National Psoriasis Foundation. About psoriasis. Available [online] at URL: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis. As accessed on 4th October 2019.

  8. Sarac G, et al. North Clin Istanb. 2016; 3(1): 79–82.

  9. National Psoriasis Foundation. The immune system and psoriatic disease. Available [Online] at: https://www.psoriasis.org/research/science-of-psoriasis/immune-system Accessed on 20 Jan 2020.

  10. Mease PJ and Armstrong AW. Drugs 2014;74:423–441.

  11. Duffin KC, et al. 2018 Las Vegas Dermatology Seminar. 1-3 November 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA. Poster.