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Learning about Psoriasis

Options for Living with Psoriasis

By The SkinCareGuide Advisory Board

Psoriasis is a condition that can cause discomfort, pain and emotional stress. There are a number of treatments available for patients, including new biologics that may be appropriate for people that have not had success yet with other treatments. For some people, their psoriasis may also be related to joint pain - or psoriatic arthritis (read more on Psoriatic Arthritis Guide).

It is important to get the correct diagnosis and to keep up to date on new treatments that become available. Below are some recent articles that will help you understand more about this condition. You can also talk with other people that also have psoriasis by clicking on a new psoriasis discussion board and posting a question or comment.

Living with Psoriasis

Living with Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a difficult-to-treat (chronic relapsing) disease that affects the skin and occasionally the joints. About 2 % of the population has the disease. To develop psoriasis you must carry a specific type of genetic material and experience a "trigger" condition. For example it is known that a bacterial infection, an injury or certain medications can stimulate psoriasis. (Click for more…)


The Sun and Psoriasis - What You Need to Know

The Sun and Psoriasis - What You Need to Know
Psoriasis is a common, chronic, non-contagious, recurring skin condition that usually takes the form of itchy, red, scaly, well-defined, thickened patches of varying sizes. These patches may appear on a small area of your body or may be very extensive, and any part of the skin on your body and on your nails can be affected. Normally the time between manufacturing and shedding skin cells is about 28 days. In psoriasis, however, this process occurs about 7 times faster; (Click for more…)


Achy Joints and Itchy Skin

Achy Joints and Itchy Skin
Psoriatic arthritis is a less common form of arthritis and occurs in approximately 30 per cent of people who have psoriasis (a disorder causing areas of the skin to become inflamed and be covered with silvery or grey scales). Although psoriasis may start at any age (commonly in the late teens), the arthritis component usually makes its appearance later -- in the 20s, 30s and 40s... (Click for more…)


All that Scales is not Flaky - Is it Psoriasis?

All that Scales is not Flaky - Is it Psoriasis?
At this time we do not know what exactly the lymphocytes are attacking in the skin. We do know that these lymphocytes produce an ongoing cascade of chemical messengers that induce changes in the skin, making it red, thick and scaly. In some people with psoriasis, hese lymphocytes can also produce inflammation in joints, called psoriatic arthritis. (Click for more…)

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