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Psoriasis - 2% Or More of the World's Population Affected!

Sep 13, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Psoriasis [pronounced sore-EYE-ah-sis] is a noncontagious, lifelong skin disease and affects both sexes equally and can occur at any age, although it most commonly appears for the first time between the ages of 15 and 35 years. It is probably one of the longest known illnesses of humans and simultaneously one of the most misunderstood and is usually graded as mild (affecting less than 3% of the body), moderate (affecting 3-10% of the body) or severe.

It can also produce inflammation of the joints, which is called psoriatic arthritis and has been shown to affect health-related quality of life to an extent liken to the effects of other chronic diseases such as depression, myocardial infarction, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure or type 2 diabetes.

While it does worsen over time; It is not possible to predict who will go on to develop extensive psoriasis or those in whom the condition may appear to vanish. Research continues to accelerate at a fast pace and will continue to advance our understanding of what causes this disease.

SYMPTOMS: Research shows that the signs and symptoms of psoriasis tipically appear between 15 and 35 years of age and often disappear (go into remission), even without treatment, and then come back (flare up). Controlling the signs and symptoms typically requires life long treatment. Symptoms can vary from one person to another but may include one or more of the following: Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales, Tiny scaling spots (normally seen in children,), Dry, cracked skin that may bleed, Itching, burning or soreness, Thickened, pitted or ridged nails, Swollen and stiff joints. Other symptoms may include: Genital lesions in males, Joint pain or aching (psoriatic arthritis), Nail changes, including yellow-brown spots, dents (pits) on the nail surface, and separating of the nail from its base.

A large number of people report a lessening in illness severity during the summer months or times of increased sun exposure; however, a small segment find that their symptoms are aggravated by strong sunlight, and these individuals actually experience a worsening of their problem in the summer. See your physician if you have symptoms or if the skin inflammation continues despite treatment.

TREATMENT: There are lots of treatments available that work wonders for one victim but have no effect or benefit for another. They range from local (cortisone cream application, emollients, coal tar, anthralin preparations, and exposure to sun)to systemic (internal medications, including methotrexate and cyclosporine). As a first step, medicated ointments or creams, known as topical treatments, are applied to the skin. Treatments for more general or advanced psoriasis include UV-A light, psoralen plus UV-A light (PUVA), retinoids (eg, isotretinoin [Accutane], acitretin [Soriatane]), infliximab (Remicade), etanercept (Enbrel), as well as alefacept (Amevive).

THE NATIONAL PSORIASIS FOUNDATION: Is an excellent organization that offers support to persons with psoriasis. The Foundation reports that 56,000,000 work hours are lost each year by those who have the disease. Additionally, a survey conducted by the Foundation in 2002 indicates that 26% of people living with moderate to severe psoriasis have been forced to alter or discontinue their normal daily activities. The Foundation estimates that between 10% to 30% of The affected people also have psoriatic arthritis. Internationally, plaque psoriasis occurs universally and varies with race, geography, and environmental factors (eg, exposure to sun).

CONCLUSION: Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales and is a chronic, meaning lifelong, condition because there is currently no cure. It may be one of the oldest recorded skin conditions and can last a long time, even a lifetime. It is known to affect approximately 2% of the world's population and is rare among people with dark skin. Psoriasis has been known about for at least five thousand years and if any particular nutrient had been proved to be beneficial surely we would all have heard about it by now.
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About The Author: R. H. Ealom is a writer who has written more than 60 articles on Diseases,Causes,Cures. Learn of Natural Cures for Psoriasis that work by visiting the EZ Psoriasis Solution! website. You have the right to use this article as long as you leave this box as is
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