Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder causing dry patchy skin rashes. The skin rashes may appear as dry, scaly, silvery plaques. The skin areas most often attacked include the knees, elbows, scalp, trunk and buttocks, but other areas may be affected. Symptoms usually occur in recurring attacks, clearing up between ...

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Introduction: Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disease that speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells.image of a woman scratching her elbow Psoriasis causes patches of thick red skin and silvery scales. Patches are typically found on the elbows ...1

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Symptoms of Psoriasis

Symptoms can vary, but it’s usually recognized by itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)2 ...

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Complications of Psoriasis

Some people with psoriasis also experience joint inflammation that produces arthritis-like pain. This condition is called psoriatic arthritis. Gelfand and other NIH-supported researchers have found that psoriasis—especially severe psoriasis—is linked to certain other disorders as well ...3

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Causes of Psoriasis

Psoriasis occurs when skin cells quickly rise to the surface of the skin and build up into thick patches, or plaques. Ordinarily, skin cells mature as they rise from their origins below the surface of the skin. In psoriasis, these ...4

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Causes List for Psoriasis

Some possible causes of Psoriasis or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Psoriasis

Symptoms of psoriasis can come and go. There are several forms of psoriasis—each with a distinctive appearance—and some people have more severe cases than others. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)6 ...

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Diagnosis of Psoriasis

How Is Psoriasis Diagnosed? Occasionally, doctors may find it difficult to diagnose psoriasis, because it often looks like other skin diseases. It may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis by examining a small skin sample under a microscope. ...Source: NIAMS ...7

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Genetics of Psoriasis

Many people with psoriasis have a family history of the disorder. Researchers have been able to identify certain genes linked to the disease, but they still don’t fully understand the disease process. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)8 ...

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Risk Factors for Psoriasis

Who is at risk for psoriasis? Anyone can get psoriasis. It occurs mostly in adults, but children can also get it. Men and women seem to have equal risk. ...Source: CDC9 ...

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Treatments: Psoriasis

There are many approaches for treating psoriasis. Safe and proven treatment options include creams, light therapy, and medications given as pills or a shot. “Treatment decisions in psoriasis need to be highly individualized and tailored toward the patient’s clinical ...10

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Research for Psoriasis

Gelfand and other NIH-funded researchers have been working to develop better therapies. “It’s a great time to be hopeful and optimistic about this disease,” Gelfand says. “Most of the therapies coming out now seem to be well-tolerated ...11

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Names and Terminology

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are sometimes considered together as psoriatic disease. ...Source: CDC12 ...

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  1. Source: CDC: psoriasis/ 
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ aug2016/ feature2
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ aug2010/ feature2
  7. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Psoriasis/ default.asp
  8. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ aug2016/ feature2
  9. Source: CDC: psoriasis/ 
  10. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ aug2016/ feature2
  11. ibid.
  12. Source: CDC: psoriasis/ 

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