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Things You Should Know About Psoriasis

Individual having a check up for psoriasis at health clinic

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can lead to the rapid buildup of skin cells. This rapid skin
buildup can lead to scaling on the surface of your skin. Redness and inflammation around the skin are
very common and typically, the psoriatic scales are whitish silver in color and develop in the form of
thick and red patches. If the skin tone is darker, these scales can appear more purplish and dark brown
with gray scales. These scales can crack and bleed in some cases.
A speed-up in the skin production process can result in psoriasis. Usually, the life cycle of a skin cell is
one month and in people suffering from psoriasis, the production of skin cells can occur in a few days.
Due to this, skin cells will not get enough time to fall off and the rapid overproduction of skin cells can
result in the buildup of these cells. Psoriasis scales can typically develop on joints like knees and elbows.
But they can also develop anywhere on the body of the person, including the feet, face, hands, scalp and
even neck. As per the experts in our affordable health clinic, psoriasis is commonly associated with many
conditions like type 2 diabetes, anxiety, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriatic arthritis, depression and
heart disease.

Symptoms Of Psoriasis

The symptoms of psoriasis can differ from person to person. The areas affected by psoriasis can be as
small as a few flakes on your elbow or scalp or may cover the majority of your body. Some of the most
common symptoms of psoriasis as per the doctors in affordable health clinics are:
 Raised and inflamed patches of skin that can appear purple on dark skin and red on light skin
 Patchy dry skin that can crack and bleed
 Itching around the skin patches
 Gray scales on brown patches or whitish silver plaques or scales on red patches
 Painful and swollen joints
 Thick and pitted nails

Not every person suffering from psoriasis will experience these symptoms. Psoriasis can cause severe
symptoms for a few days and the symptoms can clear up and can become unnoticeable. When you do
not have any active signs of psoriasis, you are said to be in remission. However, this does not mean that
the symptoms of psoriasis will not come back. If you suffer from psoriasis, you can get in touch with an
affordable health clinic in your area to get proper treatment for the condition.

About the Author

Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.