Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common dermatological condition affecting 2% of the general population. Its reasons are multifactorial. In addition to hereditary predisposition with the involvement of many genes, external factors such as trauma, medication, and infections are also implicated. Typical is the case of dropsy psoriasis after streptococcal infection in mainly young adults and children.


OVERVIEW

It appears as erythema plaques with white thick scales on trunk and extremities, mainly on elbows, knees and waist. It is particularly common on the scalp. It can often be accompanied by itching. Psoriasis also affects the hands and feet nails, causing functional and aesthetic problems.
In such a case, it is recommended to examine nails for fungi to exclude their further infection. It is important to note that nail infection can coexist with arthritis, known as psoriatic arthritis.


This condition is not eliminated, but maintained in remission with appropriate treatment, local or systemic depending on the clinical exam, but also avoiding weight gain, alcohol and smoking.


Factors that aggravate psoriasis include stress and trauma such as, for example sunburn or tight clothing friction. On the contrary, the constant use of moisturizing products and prudent sun exposure help to improve the image of psoriasis.

MYTH & TRUTH?

A Greek proverb says that people with psoriasis should stand alone from the crowd.

You know the proverb, but what many do not know is that it refers to scabies and not to psoriasis, as many ask us about the disease’s transmissibility.


What is scabies?


It is a parasitic skin disease, characterized by persistent and severe itching due to scar mite. It is transmitted by close skin contact and more rarely by the use of common bed linen and handkerchiefs but also by animals infested with scabies.


What is Psoriasis?


It is a widespread disease that is not eradicated but maintained in recession. Its causes are multifactorial. In addition to hereditary predisposition with the involvement of many genes, external factors such as trauma, medication and infections are also implicated. Factors that aggravate psoriasis include stress and trauma such as, for example sunburn or tight clothing friction. On the contrary, the constant use of moisturizing products and prudent sun exposure help to improve the image of psoriasis.

It is NOT contagious!