Frequently Asked Questions About Psoriasis

frequently asked questions about psoriasis

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  • Different types of infections can cause your immune system to work hard, which can lead to psoriasis rashes
  • Scalp psoriasis affects almost half of the 7.5 million Americans who have psoriasis, making it the most common type

Q: How does psoriasis start?

A: Psoriasis usually starts out as small, red bumps on your skin. Afterwards, it develops into red, raised patches with a silver scale coating.1 When the coating appears, it means that you’re having a psoriasis attack.

Q: What does psoriasis look like?

A: The symptoms of psoriasis differ with each person, but there are consistencies, such as:2

Red patches with silvery scales on top of it on the skin

Small, scaly spots on the skin (more common in children)

Dry, cracked skin that may bleed

Itching, burning or soreness in the affected area

Swollen or stiff joints

Thickened, pitted or ridged nails

Q: What causes psoriasis to flare up?

A: There are several triggers that can cause your psoriasis to flare up. Among them include:

Stress: It causes a negative inflammatory reaction on your body, which can possibly trigger psoriasis rashes, so those who have psoriasis must avoid it as much as possible.

Skin injuries: Getting cuts or wounds can cause a reaction called the Koebner phenomenon. It occurs when your skin produces psoriasis rashes in places where they haven’t appeared before due to prior wounds or cuts.

Infections: Different types of infections can cause your immune system to work hard, which can lead to psoriasis rashes. It’s important that you practice proper hygiene all the time to prevent harmful microbes from causing an illness.

Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages cause your skin to become dry and brittle, making it more susceptible to injuries, so it’s strongly advised to avoid them if you have psoriasis.

Q: Can psoriasis cause hair loss?

A: The symptoms of psoriasis do not cause hair loss. However, if you scratch psoriasis rashes that have hair over them, it may lead to scarring that can result in permanent hair loss.3

Q: What are the causes scalp psoriasis?

A: Scalp psoriasis affects almost half of the 7.5 million Americans who have psoriasis, making it the most common type. But just like other types of psoriasis, no one knows what causes the symptoms to appear specifically on your scalp.

Q: What causes inverse psoriasis?

A: Inverse psoriasis appears as red lesions in body folds, compared to other locations in your skin that are more flat and open. The exact cause of this type is unsure, but it appears in 2 to 6 percent of all people who have psoriasis.4

Q: What causes genital psoriasis?

A: Genital psoriasis is a subtype of inverse psoriasis, since your genital region contains lots of skin folds. Again, a multitude of factors can influence the development of this specific condition, but there are two additional factors you have to consider:5

Colonization of microbes: Yeast such as Candida albicans can cause symptoms of psoriasis, or produce a yeast infection.

Koebner phenomenon: This is an event wherein injuries to your skin such as cuts can cause new psoriasis plaques to grow.

Q: Can psoriasis cause joint pain?

A: While psoriasis is mainly a skin disease, it can affect your joints. This condition is called psoriatic arthritis, and commonly targets the large joints, such as the knees. However, it may affect your fingers and toes as well. The cause of this condition is not sure, but heredity plays a role. Men and women are at equal risk, and it typically appears in people between the ages of 30 to 50.6

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