So, I have a client that has been diagnosed with psoriasis. I don’t know anything about what this is, so, of course, I am researching it. Now I will let you know what I have found out.
To be blunt, psoriasis is a skin disorder. From what I am reading, it is the most baffling and the most persistent; unpredictable and irritating. I guess what I am trying to tell you is that you don’t want this and you certainly would not wish this upon your elderly clients if you want to show them that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.
According to WebMD, the skin cells of those with psoriasis multiply 10 times faster than normal cells. Given the fact that I have already explained what a pain this skin condition is, this is really not good!
Psoriasis looks like raised, red plaques covered with white scales. It occurs on a person’s knees, elbows, scalp, torso, palms and even on the soles of the feet.
WebMD states that the most common variety of this condition include the following symptoms:
- Plaques of red skin, often covered with loose, silver-colored scales; these lesions may be itchy and painful, and they sometimes crack and bleed. In severe cases, the plaques of irritated skin will grow and merge into one another, covering large areas.
- Disorders of the fingernailsand toenails, including discoloration and pitting of the nails; the nails may also begin to crumble or detach from the nail bed.
- Plaques of scales or crust on the scalp