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Psoriasis: Not Just Dry Skin

Psoriasis affects 1 in every 50 people worldwide, and is a chronic, inflammatory condition, which affects our skin's surface. This condition causes inflamed, red, flaky, and itchy skin- often around knees, elbows, and scalp. People of all ages, races, and genders can be affected by psoriasis, and a large percentage of people are diagnosed below the age of 35.

Psoriasis lesions are often located in parts of the body that are visible to other people, and despite being common, there are many misconceptions that this condition is contagious. Since psoriasis is chronic, it can negatively affect the mental health and self-esteem of those affected by it. Many medical professionals believe this condition is caused by accelerated skin growth caused by our immune system and exposure to particular external factors mixing with certain gene combinations. Currently there is no permanent treatment for psoriasis. Most treatments involve a topical cream applied to the skin to help relieve symptoms. Common types of psoriasis are listed below. If you have questions or concerns about psoriasis, you can discuss them with a provider here at Murray County Medical Center.

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