As the most common form of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis affects 85 – 90% of psoriasis sufferers. If you or someone you know is affected by it, knowing the medical terms can help you stay informed and understand what your doctors are saying.
Plaque: plaque on the skin refers to an inflamed area that is covered by scaly skin with a silvery color. It is most commonly found on the joints, back, and scalp.
Epidermis: The skin or the outer layer of cells which protect or cover an organism.
Lesion: In terms of plaque psoriasis, a lesion refers to the area of skin negatively affected. Red areas that are covered in dead skin cells are referred to as lesions.
Inflammation: The part of the skin that is red, painful, swollen, and sometimes hot to the touch.
Chronic: An illness that does not go away permanently. Psoriasis is a chronic condition that might be dormant for a time but will always be re-triggered.
Scaly: Skin that is dry or flaking is referred to as scaly when it comes to psoriasis.
Remission: As a chronic condition, psoriasis symptoms can be present for a time and then disappear for a time. When symptoms are not present it, unfortunately, does not signal a cure but means you are in remission.
Flare-up: When your symptoms are triggered you can have an episode, an outbreak, or a flare-up. It is basically the opposite of remission and is a referral to when your symptoms are at their worst.
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