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No one knows the exact cause of psoriasis, but experts believe that it’s a combination of things. Something wrong with the immune system causes inflammation, triggering new skin cells to form too quickly. Normally, skin cells are replaced every 10 to 30 days. With psoriasis, new cells grow every 3 to 4 days. The buildup of old cells being replaced by new ones creates those silver scales.
Psoriasis tends to run in families, but it may skip generations. For instance, a grandfather and his grandson may be affected, but not the child’s mother.

Things that can trigger an outbreak of psoriasis include:

  • Cuts, scrapes, or surgery
  • Emotional stress
  • Strep infections
  • Medications, including blood pressure medications (like beta-blockers), Hydroxychloroquine, antimalarial medication

Luckily, there are many treatments. Some slow the growth of new skin cells and others relieve itching and dry skin. Your doctor will select a treatment plan that is right for you based on the size of your rash, where it is on your body, your age, your overall health, and other things. Common treatments include:

  • Steroid Creams
  • Moisturizers for dry skin
  • Coal tar (a common treatment for scalp psoriasis available in lotions, creams, foams, shampoos, and bath solutions)
  • cream or ointment (a strong kind ordered by your doctor. Vitamin D in foods and pills has no effect.)
  • Retinoid creams

Source: WebMD

  1. June 15, 2019

    Doctors are unclear as to what causes psoriasis. However, thanks to decades of research, they have a general idea of two key factors which are genetics and the immune system. In first case some people inherit genes that make them more likely to develop psoriasis and in the case of immune system, white blood cells known as T cells mistakenly attack the skin cells. And, most importantly, this problem isn’t contagious because you can’t pass the skin condition from one person to another.

  2. June 15, 2019

    Great stuff and I have pleased to read the entirety of the post as mentioned above in detail. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells. This buildup of cells causes scaling on the skin’s surface. Inflammation and redness around the scales is fairly common. Typical psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick, red patches. Thanks a lot!

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