Psoriasis FAQs

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a inflammatory skin condition that affects about 7.5 million Americans and approximately 2-3 percent of the world’s population. AIt is a lifelong battle for those individuals that have it.

There are 5 main types of Psoriasis that occur, each with unique signs and symptoms: Plaque, Guttate, Inverse, Erythrodermic and Pustular. Typically people will only have one type of Psoriasis at a time. However, it is possible to develop multiple types at once, or have the type change from one to another.

What causes psoriasis?

The exact cause of psoriasis is currently unknown, but it is believed to have a genetic component. Most researchers agree that the immune systems is somehow mistakenly triggered, which causes the growth cycle of skin cells to increase. A normal skin cell matures and falls off the body’s surface in 28 to 30 days, but a psoriatic skin cell takes only three to four days to mature and move to the surface. Instead of falling off (shedding), the cells pile up and form the lesions.

Is psoriasis contagious?

No, psoriasis is not contagious.

How is psoriasis diagnosed?

There are no special blood tests or diagnostic tools used to diagnose psoriasis. Normally a doctor or healthcare professional will merely examine the affected areas in order to diagnose the condition.

Is all psoriasis alike?

No. There are various forms of psoriasis. Psoriasis can range from mild to moderate to very severe and disabling.

Is there a cure for psoriasis?

Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis; however, there are many courses of treatment. The unpredictable nature of psoriasis makes treatment challenging for many people to determine the best type of treatment. People often need to try out many different treatments before they find the one that works the best for them.