Psoriasis: characteristics, psychosocial effects and treatment options.
AffiliationDermatology Department, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of, Ireland.
MeSHDermatologic Agents/adverse effects/*therapeutic use
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CitationBr J Nurs. 2010 Jul 8-21;19(13):820, 822-5.
JournalBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
AbstractPsoriasis is a complex chronic non-infectious inflammatory skin disease with a variety of different presentations. The classic presentation is of well-defined red plaques with silver scale. The characteristic scale makes the disorder highly visible and intrusive on the patient's lifestyle. The visible nature of the disease ensures that psoriasis has both physical and psychosocial effects. In normal skin, epidermal cell reproduction and proliferation takes 28 days. In psoriasis this process is considerably accelerated to approximately 4 days, resulting in the deposit of immature cells on the skin. While the exact cause of this process is unknown, certain environmental and genetic factors are known to be triggers. Disease management depends on disease severity, psychosocial effects and the patient's lifestyle. To effectively treat this disease the nurse must be skilled in psoriasis management, and in patient education and motivation. This article reviews the characteristics, aetiology, psychosocial effects and treatment strategies of psoriasis.
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