What causes dry and scaly skin in Psoriasis ?

What causes dry and scaly skin in Psoriasis ?

Question (Posted on :  11 Dec 2009 )


Thanks. Do you mean that psoriasis patients have hyperkeratinised dead skin cells than normal people? If so, how it happen?

Doctor's Response (Posted on : 12 Dec 2009 )


Hyperkertosis is seen in other conditions also apart from Psoriasis. The primary cause for hyperkeratosis in Psoriasis in accumulation of lymphocytes which produce chemicals called Cytokines that lead to increased keratinocyte (skin cells) proliferation. There is an increased rate of production leading to increased skin thickness and scaly and dry feel.



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