Definition of "psoriasis."
It is a skin disease characterized by rapid growth of epidermal cells.
Cells are replaced in four days instead of the normal twenty-eight days.
It is chronic, with periods of remission and exacerbation.
Psoriasis is not contagious.
Signs and symptoms of psoriasis.
Lesions covered with dry, silvery scales (occurs on knees, elbows, ears, and scalp).
Factors that may increase the risk of psoriasis.
Family history of psoriasis.
Depressed immune systems.
Trauma, burns, lacerations, or chemical injuries.
Anxiety and stress.
Certain systemic drugs such as steroids.
Measures to prevent or control psoriasis.
Soak in warm tub baths to remove scales and promote cleanliness.
Avoid or manage factors that may exacerbate condition.
Obtain early treatment for any type infection.
Use safety precautions to avoid irritation or trauma.
Learn stress management techniques.
Avoid excessive sunlight.
Get adequate rest, nutrition, and exercise.
Humidify air in winter.
Obtain emotional support and counseling as needed (National Psoriasis Foundation).
Follow treatments as ordered (topical treatments, occlusive dressings, intralesional injections, photochemotherapy, etc.).
Possible complications of psoriasis.
Exfoliative psoritic state (covers entire body).