What Is Psoriasis?  What Can We Do About It?

What Is Psoriasis?

Break out on elbows.

Psoriasis is actually an autoimmune disorder, that manifests itself through the skin.

Psoriasis affects about 2-3% of the U.S. population.  That is approximately 8 million people, give or take.  80% of that number gets plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis does not discriminate; it affects men, women and little children.

The white race gets it more than any other race and most children get inverse psoriasis and guttate psoriasis. The ages of 15-30 is the general age people get it and again after the age of 50.  Worldwide, there are about 130 million people affected by this disorder.

No one has really been able to explain why we get psoriasis.

There does seem to be some connection to genetics.  But that is not always true either.  One day you just might start getting little red blotches and then dry patches and wonder what the heck is going on, only to find out you have psoriasis.  You ask your family and find out that no one else in your family has ever suffered from it.  So, it just happens sometimes.

Many people say stress, might have been the contributor to their original break out and others say that their first out break was caused by strep throat, taking certain medicines, such as lithium, or medicines to prevent malaria, cold/dry weather can cause it, a bad cut, scratch, or other trauma to the skin, or even a severe sunburn.  So many unanswered questions at this point in time?

Psoriasis is not contagious.

You cannot touch someone with psoriasis and catch it.

When you have a plaque psoriasis breakout it starts with raised, red blotches on the skin, that dry and become silvery, scaly, dry skin.  The most common areas of the body are the elbows, knees, lower back, scalp, and torso.  It can break out on any area of the body.  Because of the drying and pulling of the skin it is irritating and itchy.   Keeping the area moist is important you do not want to traumatize the skin more by causing bleeding and maybe infection.

What do You Do If You Have It?

Because this is an autoimmune disorder, you have to watch what it is you are putting into your system.  Your liver and kidneys are not filtering the toxic chemicals that are in the air, liquids and food you are putting into your body fast enough and it is coming out of your body in the form of psoriasis.

Normal skin grows and regenerates itself in 27 days.  Psoriasis regenerates in 3-4 days, this why you get the red, blotchy, scaly patches.  Your skin is growing 10 times faster than normal.

I am not a doctor; I only know that I have had psoriasis for over 23 years. This is my right elbow in the picture. I have what I would consider a mild, chronic case of plaque psoriasis.  It never really, ever, goes away.  I always have it on my elbows, knees and break outs of it on my scalp and mid-section from time to time but I am not covered from head to toe like some people I have met.

There are many over the counter medications and everything from light therapy, pills and intravenous medications.  I am not going to tell you which would be the best for you I will leave it to the folks with the medical degrees.

I can share with you what I have found out with almost a quarter of a century of dealing with my psoriasis though… Click here to read more.