Psoriasis 1

Monday, February 11, 2013

Psoriasis is a life-long skin disease of scaling and inflammation that affects 2 to 3 percent of the United States population, or 6 to 8 million people. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about the condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful.

Psoriasis occurs when new skin cells pile up on the surface before they have a chance to mature. This normal replacement of skin cells usually takes about a month. In people with psoriasis it may occur in only a few days.

Psoriasis results in patches of thick, red skin covered with silvery scales. They most often occur on the elbows, knees, legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet. They can occur anywhere on the body. The disease primarily affects adults.

For some people, psoriasis is just a nuisance. For others, its disabling, especially when associated with arthritis. Theres no cure, but using a nonprescription cortisone cream and exposing your skin to small amounts of natural sunlight can improve symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.