Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes red patches of inflamed skin with silver-white scales, often on the elbows and knees but also commonly affecting the scalp, face and folds of skin (such as the back of your knees and elbows). It is an autoimmune disease, which is not contagious, and occurs when the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous substances.
Skin cells typically grow deep inside the skin, and about once a month they rise to the surface. This process is accelerated in those suffering from psoriasis, which causes a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Among the factors that can trigger a psoriasis attack are stress; lack of adequate sunlight or too much exposure to the sun (sunburn); bacteria or viral infections, such as strep throat and upper respiratory infections; dry air or dry skin; injury to the skin, including cuts, burns, and insect bites; certain medicines, including anti-malaria drugs, beta-blockers, and lithium; as well as excessive alcohol consumption.
In some severe cases of psoriasis, our dermatologists may resort to pills and injections, which alter the immune response of the body, therefore suppressing the outbreak.
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