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A Community For Those With Psoriasis
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A psoriasis support group for suffers and those close to suffers.
I saw there wasn't a community on LJ for people who suffer from Psoriasis, so I thought I'd make one...


Psoriasis is a chronic recurring skin disease. The scope of the disease can vary considerably; from mild outbreaks where the person may not even be aware they have psoriasis, to severe cases which can be socially disabling and, in rare instances, life-threatening.

In principle, people of all ages can get psoriasis, but the early onset form of the disease is mostly seen in 16 to 22 year-olds and the late onset form strikes those between the ages of 50 and 60. Psoriasis is derived from the Greek word 'psora', which means itch. Around two per cent of the population have psoriasis to a greater or lesser degree.

It is thought that the underlying problem is that new skin cells are produced too quickly and rise to the surface before the old skin cells have had time to die off and be scrubbed away. The result of this overproduction of skin cells is red and raised patches on the skin.

The overproduction of skin cells may be due to a problem with the immune system. In psoriasis sufferers, their bodies' immune systems may cause too many white blood cells (known as T cells) to be produced in the skin. These T cells cause the skin to become inflamed by releasing chemicals that cause the body to react as if it was being attacked by an infection - this is known as the inflammatory cycle. This inflammatory cycle causes the excess production of skin cells and this produces psoriasis.

Psoriasis is not contagious.

Are there different types of psoriasis?
There are five different types of psoriasis. The most common form of psoriasis is called "plaque psoriasis," which is characterized by well-defined patches of red, raised skin. About 80 percent of people with psoriasis have this type. Plaque psoriasis can appear on any skin surface, although the knees, elbows, scalp, trunk and nails are the most common locations.

The other types of psoriasis are:

Guttate: small, red, individual drops on the skin

Inverse: smooth, dry areas of skin, often in folds or creases, that are red and inflamed but do not have scaling

Erythrodermic: periodic, widespread, fiery redness of the skin

Pustular: involves either generalized, widespread areas of reddened skin, or localized areas, particularly the hands and feet (palmo-plantar pustular psoriasis)

Typically, people have only one form of psoriasis at a time. Sometimes two different types can occur together, one type may change to another type, or one type may become more severe. For example, a trigger may convert plaque psoriasis to pustular.

Credit - NPF More Facts

If anyone decides to join I thought this might be a place to discuss treatments and problems caused by P with people who know what it's like. I recommend the website link above ^^, and the message board there is the best one I've found.