This video forms part of a 7-part video series on Understanding Psoriasis.
This is the 1st video in the series.
TRANSCRIPT: People with psoriasis may notice that there are times when their skin worsens, called flares, then improves. With psoriasis, it is common for the skin to appear to get better, only for it to then get worse again. Conditions that may cause flares include infections, stress, and changes in climate that dry the skin. Also, certain medicines, including beta-blockers, which are prescribed for high blood pressure, and lithium may trigger an outbreak or worsen the disease. Further research is currently being done on the impact on psoriasis of conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaling and inflammation. Skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface. This process is called cell turnover, and it takes about a month. With psoriasis, it can happen in just a few days because the cells rise too fast and pile up on the surface. Most psoriasis results in patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales that can itch or feel sore. They are often found on the elbows, knees, other parts of the legs, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of the feet.
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