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        It is common knowledge that the skin on the face and pretty much anywhere on the body, except the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet, should be soft and mostly dry. Not exceedingly dry, but not clammy. Not white as a sheet of paper, but not reddish - brown either. Basically, it has to be pink, warm and supple. Now, not many people have it all: some are pale, others are cold and some have moist hands. This is not a panic motive. However, if your skin starts to resemble scales, then you should be concerned. There are many skin conditions that can cause this, but it is usually one of the most well known psoriasis symptoms. Just like with any other skin problem out there, psoriasis pictures might help the unadvised eye to try and put a diagnosis, but the real dermatologists must have the final say. After all, the psoriasis diagnosis will help the development of the corrected psoriasis treatment scheme. Nevertheless, if the diagnosis is wrong, so is the treatment. Keep that in mind and do not try to self - medicate.

Psoriasis pictures

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       If one reads the medical textbook definition of psoriasis, one might picture some rather gruesome looking skin condition. Fortunately, the physicians tend to paint an exaggerated image of a slightly inconsequential illness. Therefore, here is the common definition, without all the extra fuss: psoriasis is a skin condition that causes thickened or reddened patches wherever it attacks the epidermis. Generally, this is what you will be seeing in any psoriasis pictures out there: red, slightly raised and scaly portions of skin that seem to have no particular shape at all.

       If you are trying to understand how exactly the psoriasis works, then you should know that the most common psoriasis symptom is the thickening of the skin. Basically, a psoriasis patient has an accelerated growth rate for epidermal cells. His or her body creates skin cells faster than they are eliminated, therefore allowing them to accumulate, like bricks. The higher the growth rate, the thicker the skin.

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       Psoriasis cannot be considered a discriminating skin condition. It affects everyone equally, be them male or female, rich or poor, of any skin color, any age and any health state. It is spread evenly throughout the globe. Most people suffer from psoriasis from a very early age, as early as six months old. However, since more than 90% of the psoriasis patients have the mild version of the skin condition, they are diagnosed in early adulthood. Here is the bad news about psoriasis: it is incurable and it is cyclic. One bout of psoriasis disappears and leaves the skin as soft as a baby's and in a couple of weeks, the dreaded scales are back. Generally in the same place. There are people that present with psoriasis in multiple parts of the body. This type of psoriasis complication is to be feared. If these scales manage to unite at some point, they will never disappear, not even after following the psoriasis treatment to the letter.

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       Unlike heat rash, which is has heat as an allergenic factor, psoriasis manifestations get increasingly worse as the temperature decreases. If the patient spends most of his or her time outside, in the cold, in the middle of winter, his or her psoriasis has no chance of disappearing until the summer months. Also, increased and direct exposure to sunlight is another thing that can heal this skin condition. Well, at least this bout of psoriasis.

       Even if you wanted to prevent psoriasis, you could not. Why? Simply because nobody really knows what causes it. It is not viral and it is not bacterial. Therefore, the psoriasis causes are still a mystery. It has been postulated in recent years that the environment and some sort of genetic misfire might be at the origin of this skin condition, but it seems impossible to prove it. After all, the scientists cannot simply move a person from country to country and from climate to climate to test their environment theory. The genetic factor might take years to investigate and it really is not all that high on the list of priorities for specialists. They have cancer genes to track, record and eliminate first.

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       Based on the location and the aspect of the physical manifestations of psoriasis, there are five psoriasis types out there, each of them being carefully documented and explained using both medical terminology and psoriasis pictures. For example, if the psoriasis affects pretty much every area of the body and its main symptoms are skin thickening and white scales, then the patient manifests the common type of psoriasis, the one that most other people have. Quttate psoriasis is the psoriasis type that does not extend to large areas of skin: in this case, the smaller and thicker the affected area is, the more advanced the psoriasis is. This type of psoriasis can be considered one of the most dangerous psoriasis complications out there, since it can dig pretty deep into the skin.

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       One location - bound psoriasis has to be the inverse psoriasis: it develops only in the folds of the underarms, the navel and the buttocks. This is not exactly a common form of psoriasis and it most definitely is not a serious one. Also location - orientated is the palmoplantar psoriasis: it appears strictly on the palms of the patients' hands or on the soles of their feet. Most people will mistake this type of psoriasis with hardened blisters and use the wrong treatment scheme for it. When that does not work in clearing away the deadened skin, the patient should visit a dermatologist.

       The most severe type of psoriasis must be pustular psoriasis. Why? Because the tiny, yellowish blisters that form are filled with puss. If there is puss, there is an infection somewhere in the body of the patient. Because nobody really knows anything clear about the psoriasis causes, it becomes all that harder to test and track a virus or bacterium that no one knows where to start looking for. In this case, the recommended psoriasis treatment scheme is broad - spectrum antibiotics that will clean the puss, but leave the patient with serious scarring.

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       The treatment scheme for psoriasis is as varied as the opinions about what causes it. Basically, for every postulated idea out there, there exists a treatment scheme. Most of these psoriasis treatments are not dangerous to the patient, even if they might not work. However, there is one that is liable to cause skin cancer: the light therapy. Used inappropriately, it triggers the production of extra melanin in the skin cells, leading to the formation of melanomas, the cancer cells that are specific to skin cancer.