Psoriasis is a lifelong skin disease that occurs when faulty signals in the immune system cause skin cells to regenerate too quickly--every three to four days instead of the usual 30-day cycle. Extra skin cells build up on the skin's surface, forming red, flaky, scaly lesions that can itch, crack, bleed and be extremely painful.
Psoriasis generally appears on the joints, limbs and scalp but it can appear anywhere on the body, covering some people from head to toe.
More than 5 million Americans have psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis, a degenerative disease of the joints and connective tissues associated with psoriasis. Psoriasis typically first strikes people between the ages of 15 and 35, but can affect anyone at any age, including children.
US government is spending millions of dollars on the treatment of Psoriasis but with no effect.
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal skin. An autoimmune disease is a condition arising from an abnormal immune response to a normal body part. These skin patches are typically red, itchy, and scaly. Psoriasis varies in severity from small, localized patches to complete body coverage.