What is Psoriasis?
When I first developed Psoriasis, it started out as a rash. I had been working in the yard cutting down weeds in the ditch and picking blackberries in the fields. Not long after I began to itch. This was also the week when we had the bug guy out to kill the termites in the house. This guy had put so much bug poison in our home that we smelled it for months. I don’t know where my husband found this guy, but I can bet he was not bonded.
Spots began to show up on my legs. I thought at first it was chiggers that I’d picked up in the fields while picking blackberries or while cutting weeds out of the ditch. But over time they stayed and migrated to my waist. Then some began to scale. Seventeen years later, my body is covered with Psoriasis.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a non-contagious chronic skin disease caused when the immune system sees your own skin cells as the enemy and causing the body to overproduce more skin cells in an effort to protect the body.
Their are many different types of Psoriasis. If you have Psoriasis long enough, it can turn into what’s called Pustular psoriasis. That is what has happened to me. The photo you see above are my legs. If you don’t take good care of your Psoriasis, your skin can become inflamed and red; if it’s warm to the touch, it means the skin is infected, called Cellulitis.
PUSTULAR PSORIASIS , characterized by red and scaly skin on the palms of the hands and/or feet with tiny pustules.
GUTTATE PSORIASIS, which often starts in childhood or young adulthood, is characterized by small, red spots, mainly on the torso and limbs. Triggers may be respiratory infections, strep throat, tonsillitis, stress, injury to the skin, and use of anti-malarial and beta-blocker medications.
INVERSE PSORIASIS, characterized by bright red, shiny lesions that appear in skin folds, such as the armpits, groin area, and under the breasts.
ERYTHRODERMIC PSORIASIS, characterized by periodic, fiery redness of the skin and shedding of scales in sheets; this form of psoriasis, triggered by withdrawal from a systemic psoriasis treatment, severe sunburn, infection, and certain medications, requires immediate medical treatment, because it can lead to severe illness.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the problem or diseases and appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells or scale.
Nail psoriasis is a manifestation of psoriasis that affects up to half of all individuals with psoriasis elsewhere on the body. The condition can often be confused with fungal infections and other infections of the nail.
Psoriatic arthritis is a painful and physically limiting condition affecting up to 30 percent of those with psoriasis . It can affect many joints and often becomes quite severe in the hands.