Psoriasis is described as “one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders” by WebMD, but it affects about 2-percent of the U.S. population (that’s more than 6-million people across the country). It can manifest as scaly, flaky skin most on joints, but can also affect the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.
The source explains that Psoriasis is actually the result of too much skin production. For some reason, skin cells start multiplying at a hyper-increased rate (up to 10 times normal production) and dying cells on the surface of the skin is what causes the lesions. Here are six facts about this fairly common but irritating condition to discuss during awareness month…
1. There are Different Kinds of Psoriasis
According to Healthline.com, there are 5-official kinds of Psoriasis that each has unique characteristics. These 5-types of Psoriasis according to the source include plaque (the most common), guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic psoriasis.
The plaque version that affects the joints and sometimes even the scalp is evident in 80-percent of Psoriasis cases, according to the source. Guttate is another common form that shows up as red spots, sometimes on the face, and stress or trauma are thought to be triggers. There’s even an “unofficial” type of the disorder that affects the nails that can cause them to loosen.