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Psoriasis Is Embarrasing For Many

Many people with psoriasis are embarrassed. In days gone by, there was much persecution and fear surrounding a skin disease such as psoriasis, and some were even seen as lepers and cast out of society. This stigmatisation of psoriasis was not really a public health measure to control the spread, although many people believed up until not that long ago that psoriasis was actually contagious, it was out of sheer ignorance, fear and prejudice.

Patients who come to see me with a skin problem want it gone mainly because skin diseases are so highly visible to others, and these are embarrassing conditions that young people especially want gone ASAP. Their impact on life, especially self-esteem, can be far-reaching and even devastating for some people, particularly those who are sensitive. A chronic condition like psoriasis can impact on all aspects of a patient’s life and even on the lives of those who care about them.

In order to understand what the psoriasis patient suffers regularly, and in addition to deal with the symptoms of psoriasis requires the need to understand what psoriasis is and how it affects your skin. To understand how this disease process works, lets first look at how healthy new skin grows and then compare it with the skin growth rate of somebody with psoriasis.

Normal skin growth

The process of shedding skin cells isn’t noticeable at all and we all use thousands of skin cells each day during showers or towel drying afterwards. Our top layer of skin stays alive for 28-30 days before dying and falling away.

Psoriasis skin growth

When someone suffers with psoriasis, their skin growth moves much faster. Often the cycle happens in only 3-4 days. The new cells develop much more quickly and force themselves right through the top layer of skin. These new cells cause a bit of a buildup of dead skin on the surface. The good news is that the skins cells seem to affect only a small patch of skin at a time. The most common areas this happens in are the scalp, elbows, knees, or knuckles, but it can show up anywhere really. These areas of patchy, scaly, red skin are more commonly known as plaques.