February 28th, 2008

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Psoriasis notes for Clinical Correlates

GENERAL
--affects the skin and joints
--we have 25 square feet of skin, weighing approximately 9 pounds, with 32 million bacteria per square inch on it, 20 feet of blood vessels and 72 feet of nerves (per square inch, still)
--red scaly patches on skin = psoriatic plaques = inflammation and excessive skin production --> silvery-white appearance
--common locations: skin of elbows and knees, palms of hands and soles of feet, on the scalp, inside ears, butt crack, etc.
--not contagious
--can be INSANELY ITCHY!!!
--chronic recurring condition
--fingernails and toenails frequently affected
--10-15% of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis
--often associated with food intolerances and multiple chemical sensitivities that are often the result of dysbiosis or an imbalance of intestinal flora that causes yeast overgrowth --> systemic effects
--clinically associated with a deficiency of zinc, magnesium, essential fatty acids
--indicates a high degree of toxicity in the body
--associated with cardiovascular disease
--Annual treatment cost exceeds $3 billion, in 1993 was btw 2-3 billion
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