Psoriasis Health Promotion Activity Plan

psoriasisPsoriasis is a skin condition that causes scaling and inflammation (pain, swelling, heat, and redness). Psoriasis can appear as patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. These patches can itch or become painful. They are often found on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet. But they can show up other places such as fingernails, toenails, genitals, and inside the mouth.

Although psoriasis can occur for anyone, it typically occurs more often in adults. In many cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Certain genes have been linked to the disease. Men and women can develop psoriasis at about the same rate.

Psoriasis begins in the immune system, mainly with the cells that help protect the body against infection and disease. With psoriasis, these cells become so active that they set off other immune responses. This leads to swelling and fast turnover of skin cells. People with psoriasis may notice that sometimes the skin improves and then gets worse. There are triggers which can cause the skin to get worse.  These include: infections, stress, changes in weather that dry the skin, and certain medicines.

Psoriasis may be difficult to diagnose because it can look like other skin conditions. The health care provider may need to look at a small skin sample under a microscope.

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