Approximately 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, making it the most common autoimmune disease in the nation. Since it’s Psoriasis Awareness Month, the team at Saddleback Dermatology thought it was an ideal time to share more information about this uniquely challenging skin condition. The good news is - there's help!
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, which is when the immune system attacks the body’s own cells, causing tissue destruction. Psoriasis is the visible result of the body over-producing skin cells.
Normally, the human body has dead skin cells underneath the surface of the skin that rise to the surface and fall off about once a month. For those with psoriasis, though, these dead skin cells are overproduced, causing raised, red, scaly, and uncomfortable patches of skin.
Psoriasis can be found in all areas of the body, such as the scalp, ears, mouth, hands, feet, fingernails, and toenails, and can affect anyone at any age.
A psoriasis attack can be triggered by bacterial or viral infections, dry air or dry skin, injury to the skin, certain types of medication, stress, excessive alcohol intake, and either too much or too little sunlight. The symptoms of psoriasis can include:
- Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
- Itching, burning, or soreness
- Red patches of skin
- Swollen and stiff joints
Psoriasis is not contagious and can be more severe in those who have weakened immune systems. There are several different types of psoriasis and each type and area requires different treatment. The most common type of psoriasis, however, is plaque psoriasis, affecting 80 percent of people with the condition. People with psoriasis are at an increased risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and Crohn’s disease, among other associated conditions.
The team at Saddleback Dermatology wants you to know that you can live in your own skin again without severe pain or discomfort. Our team of experts will guide you through treatments available to help treat mild to severe psoriasis cases, including the highly effective XTRAC Clear.
To schedule an appointment with one of our skincare specialists, please call: 949-770-9054