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Psoriasis

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  1. Psoriasis By: Nancy Tran , Period 2

  2. Psora(itch) + sis(condition) = Itch Condition • Noncontagious chronic skin disease marked by an overactive immune system • Rapid skin growth that forms a thick layer of skin (may feel irritated & painful) • Skin will look thick, scaly, silvery, and red Definition of Disease

  3. Dated as far back as 460-377 B.C. by the Greek • Was thought to be contagious as leprosy • Ferdinand von Hebra in 1841 was the first to name the skin condition as Psoriasis Past History

  4. Affects 3% of the U.S. population ( 5 million adults) • Occurs at the ages of 15-35, but it can occur at any age • Commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso • Variations of psoriasis: Plaque, Guttate, Pustular, Inverse, and Erythrodermic Current State of Disease

  5. It is not contagious • Genetics/Heredity (little sleep and stress may trigger the presence of the disease) • Overactive immune system Mode of Transmission

  6. To reduce itch and scaling: • Tar • Cat feces • Onions • Sea salt • Urine • Goose oil and semen • Ammoniated Mercury Past Treatments

  7. Topical Corticosteroids • Vitamin D Analogs • Retinoid • Salicylic Acid • Ultraviolet A and B Phototherapy Current Treatments

  8. Testing on Biological Agents • Slow process of research • Most likely to not find a cure Future Treatments and Outlook for Disease