Psoriasis affects approximately 1% – 3% of the U.S. population.* The condition occurs when skin cells multiply at a rate much faster than normal. According to recent research, an abnormality in the immune system could be the cause of psoriasis. The abnormality can run in families and may skip a generation.
Characterized by raised, red plaque and white scales, psoriasis can occur on elbows, knees, scalp, the torso, palms and the soles of the feet. The visible symptoms of psoriasis can spread from a small area to cover much of the surrounding tissues. The condition can come and go. Emotional trauma, such as the end of relationship or the loss of a loved one, as well as certain medications can trigger an outbreak.
Moderate psoriasis covers 3% of a patient’s body. Severe cases cover more than 10% of a patient’s body. Regardless of the severity, the red, thickened skin of psoriasis can lead to other problems. In many cases, the disfigured skin can impact a person’s self-worth and cause them to avoid social interaction and even intimacy.