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Psoriasis

Psoriasis

Psoriasis

Every day there is a normal build up of cells in your skin. As the older top layers disintegrate and fall off new layers take their place. If you have psoriasis this means that the cells are building up too rapidly on the surface of your skin. The extra skin cells become itchy and dry. They sometimes form red patches that are painful. Psoriasis is a chronic disease which sees your symptoms alternating between mild to severe but never really going away. Your doctor will work with you to find a form of treatment that aims to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly and providing you with relief from this condition.

Signs and symptoms

  • Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
  • Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning or soreness
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints

When to see a doctor

You may need a combination of treatments if your experience the following:

  • If your psoriasis causes discomfort and pain
  • Performing routine tasks becomes difficult because of itchy skin
  • The appearance of your skin worries you
  • You start experiencing joint pain, swelling or stiffness
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