Artwork of psoriasis on woman's back

Artwork of psoriasis on woman's back

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Credit: JOHN BAVOSI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Psoriasis. Illustration of inflamed red lesions on a woman's back and arms due to the skin disease psoriasis. This is a chronic skin disorder that affects about 1% of the UK population. Lesions are typically thickened red patches covered with dry silvery scales of skin. They are caused by a ten- fold increase in the rate of new skin cell production. Why this occurs is not known, although a genetic factor may be involved as the disease is partly inherited. Onset is usually between age 10 and 25, and it recurs thereafter to a varying extent, sometimes related to stress. Treatment includes corticosteroid drugs and ointments containing coal tar derivatives.

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Keywords: art, artwork, back, condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, medical, medicine, psoriasis, skin, skin disease

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