Psoriasis

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis
Shawnisty Momosea
Anatomy and Physiology

Introduction
This paper will present the importance of Psoriasis and its outcome. Accoring to Herlihy, Psoriasis from the Greek word meaning to itch. Psoriasis is a chronic condition characterized by lesions that are red, dry, elevated, and covered by silvery scales. This paper will include the overview of Psoriasis, Causes, Medications and effects. The diagnosis and treatment will also be defined.

Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common and chronic skin disease. Individuals with psoriasis normally have patches of raised red skin with thick silvery scales. The affected skin may be red and scaly or rarely have pustules, depending on the type of psoriasis the person has. Psoriasis is usually found on the elbows, knees, and scalp but can generally affect the legs, trunk and nails. Psoriasis may be found on any part of the skin Causes of Psoriasis

The cause of Psoriasis is unknown, but many scientist believe that the condition may be genetic, which means it may be passed down from parents to their children, but it is not quite clear that genetic factors alone impose whether you develop psoriasis. Psoriasis however is not contagious and it cannot be spread on by touch from person to person. Immune system may also be a factor for the development of the disease, due to increased numbers of white blood cells are present between the abnormal layers of skin. There are other factors that can make the condition worse or flare and they are (1) Climate which cold, dry weather causes symptoms to become worse but hot weather, sunlight, and humidity can improve symptoms. (2) A skin injury can cause psoriasis patches on the site of the injury. (3) Stress can flare and make the symptoms worse. (4) Infections such as strep throat can also cause psoriasis to appear suddenly and that type of psoriasis is called “Guttate...
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