Psoriasis is a multisystem disease with predominantly skin and joint manifestations affecting approximately 1%-2% of the population. In Singapore, It is estimated that at least 40,000 people are affected with psoriasisi
While the exact cause is unknown, doctors and researchers believe psoriasis is a chronic immune disease that affects the skin. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of certain cellsii. While normal skin cells mature and shed off within a month, psoriatic skin cells mature rapidly and take only 3-4 days to surface. Instead of falling off, the skin cells accumulate and form red and white patches.
It is not life threatening, but people with psoriasis may have a higher incidence of diabetes, psoriatic arthritis, heart disease, stroke and depressionxii
Psoriasis can occur at any age, but typically appears for the first time between ages 15 and 25.vii
Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis but the symptoms can be effectively controlled in most people. For Psoriasis Treatment Options. You will need to talk to your doctor in order to come up with a treatment plan that is right for you.