Skin care in the summer. Whether its sun burn or dry skin, in the summer your skin is exposed, in shorts, tank tops, or swim wear.  Your skin imperfections are out there for the world to see. Have you investigated what that is?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. The skin cells in patients with psoriasis develop at an abnormally fast rate, which causes the accumulation of psoriasis lesions. It typically affects the outside of the

elbows, knees, or scalp, though it can appear on any location. It is known to cause itching burning and stinging sensations.

Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression so it is not something to ignore. What you may attribute to an annoying rash may have underlying complications.

The medical community has not figured out the cause, but what they do know is that the immune system and your genetics play major roles in its development. Usually, something prompts psoriasis to flare up. About one-third is traceable to family history. Many sufferers say certain foods trigger symptoms. The malady seems to affect men and women equally, and Caucasians have almost twice the likelihood as African-Americans.

It often begins around 15 years of age, although 10-15% occurs younger. A diagnosis is typically made after a visual exam. The difference between eczema and psoriasis is the inflammation and thickening.

Take the time to check with your dermatologist to see what your rash really is, and how best to treat it. Remember, it may be a sign of something bigger going on that can be dealt with early.

Visit the Dermatologist on Monmouth Health and Wellness and make your appointment to get checked.

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