Everything You Need to Know About Psoriasis


What Is Psoriasis?

what is psoriasis

So, where did psoriasis all begin? According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, the term psoriasis was penned by Greek physician Galen, who was around between 133-200 A.D. However, some people believe that what Galen was referring to when he used the term psoriasis may actually be what we call eczema these days.

However, we know eczema and psoriasis are two conditions that can be quite easy to mix up depending on the severity of a flare-up. At the very least, knowing that someone as far back as 200 A.D. had been using the term psoriasis acknowledges it’s no new thing!

So, what is psoriasis exactly? Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition, which no one really has a 100 percent accurate or scientifically proven explanation for. What is agreed is that psoriasis is connected to your immune system.

Psoriasis and the Role of the Immune System

Your immune system is supposed to stop bad things from entering your body and causing you to get sick. It’s supposed to fend off foreign matters that enter your systems, like viruses or chemicals.

So, if your immune system is performing correctly, it will attack invaders that present themselves in your body to do harm, and they destroy them. However, in those who have psoriasis, the immune system attacks the wrong thing and instead causes inflammation and causes a rapid growth of skin cells, which results in a psoriasis flare-up.

Psoriasis is a very interesting condition — not so much for those who are suffering from it right now and just want it to go away — but when you’re in the frame of mind to explore it, it’s incredible just how many variations of psoriasis there are. With many conditions, there’s one way you know you’ve got it, and that’s it, but psoriasis can present itself in many different forms. 

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What Causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a condition that is thought to affect approximately 125 million people worldwide. So if you ever feel like no one could understand what you’re dealing with, and why me, world, why me? There are so many other people out there dealing with a similar issue.

Psoriasis is considered to be inherited, as well as brought about by environmental factors. People who have a history of psoriasis in their family are more likely to suffer from psoriasis some time during their life than those who don’t have any family history with the condition.

What Are the Different Types of Psoriasis?

There are five types of psoriasis, and they are plaque psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. Below you will learn more about the different types of psoriasis in-depth.

Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis is known to be the most common types of psoriasis. This type of psoriasis presents itself as red, inflamed areas, that tend to be covered in a flakey buildup of skin.

Unfortunately, to go with the redness, these patches can also be itchy and painful. Often, these patches can appear on the knees or elbows, and they’re also known to appear on the scalp or your back. 

Inverse Psoriasis

This type of psoriasis specifically targets the fold areas of the skin, such as places like under the arms, groin, and under the breasts. As you can imagine, having something like psoriasis in areas that tend to rub, like the folds of skin, can be incredibly painful.

To make matters worse, according to Healthline, people who suffer from inverse psoriasis tend to suffer from other types of psoriasis, like plaque psoriasis, as well. Unlike plaque psoriasis, inverse psoriasis isn’t dry. It tends to appear more as a red, shiny area, that tends to take over larger areas of the body.

Next page: More types of psoriasis, what triggers psoriasis, and more information on what is psoriasis you need to know.

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