Psoriasis is a chronic and inflammatory skin disease, non-contagious, but very common: about three million people affected and 60, 000 new cases each year.

If we know the mechanisms well, we still do not know exactly the causes. Moreover, it seems that this disease is more and more frequent (probably for environmental reasons).

Psoriasis is a dermatosis, it is not a serious disease in itself. It can also - rarely - touch some joints. It is a dermatologist who takes care of the patient when the lesions are extensive, the treatments requiring special supervision. Psoriasis mostly affects adults.

The problem of this disease lies essentially in the unsightly appearance of the rash especially when it reaches the exposed parts, face and hands and when it is extended. It is quite obvious that it can have a more or less significant psychological impact and lead to a reduction in the quality of life.

This skin disease, which is difficult to get rid of, is at the root of symptoms that are very embarrassing for the patient, or a deep-seated malaise that can not stand anymore "to display" his illness. Some people do not dare to put on swimsuits or make new relationships ...

This condition can sometimes present remissions: that is to say that the disease heals completely or the skin phenomena decrease in intensity, for a time or forever.

Here is a file on the symptoms, causes and treatment of psoriasis, in short everything you need to know to get rid at best (even if it is not always easy!), Of its skin lesions.

Psoriasis in pictures:

Cream - Dry skin - Superficial burns
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Author: Sylvie Charbonnier.
Expert consultant: Professor Paul Carle, Department of Dermatology, Larrey Hospital in Toulouse.

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