Psoriasis Can Affect Anyone

Jul 31, 2007
Psoriasis affects as many as 80 million people around the
world annually. While not contagious or dangerous, this
common skin and scalp complaint may be painful, unsightly
and difficult to control. Traditional medicine has
centered on creams, lotions, and steroids. This hereditary
disorder may affect the skin on the bend areas of the
elbows, knees, lower back and chest in most cases. also,
the scalp and hairline areas are affected. Many consumers
make the mistake of believing their scaly scalp problem is
a dandruff problem. For accurate analysis and treatment of
your scaly scalp problem, you should see a board certified
Trichologist. In some cases, secondary infections can set
in, and the internal organs can become affected.
Approximately 5-10 percent or more of people diagnesed
with psoriasis have a tendency to get a disease known as
psoriatic arthritis. This disease leads to pain, swelling,
tenderness, and stiffness of the fingers, toes, and
sometimes the back, wrist, knees and ankle bones.
Basically, the joints and the tissues around the joints are
affected. Psoriasis can affect anyone at anytime.
There two peak times when this condition is most likely to
develop include:

1) In the late teenage to mid-twenties.
2) In middle age of men and women.

Both men and women are affected equally with psoriasis.
In addition, listed below are a few factors that contribute
or aggravate the onset of psoriasis, which include:

1) Throat infections.
2) Medications, such as beta-blockers-used to treat high
bood pressure or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
prescribed for arthritis.
3) Physicl and emotional stress plays an important part in
triggering attacks of this disease.
4) The winter season tends to worsen a psoriasis disorder.

To conclude, psoriasis can range in severity from an
occasional mild patch to plaques, which may cover a large
area of the body. When your scalp and hairline areas are
visibly scaly to you, please seek a professional, and not
try to treat it yourself with home remedies. You could make
your condition more severe.
All questions and inquiries should be directed to:

Linda Amerson, DT, IIT
LA's Hair & Scalp Clinic
817) 265-8854