Stephanie Case Study

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The areas that Stephanie is mainly affected in are her elbows, her knees, and her back. Although there are five layers of the epidermis, only four layers are affected in Stephanie. I have concluded this due to the fact that her skin is extremely thin due to her condition, which means that one specific layer, known as the stratum lucidum will be absent. The layer stratum lucidum is only present in thick skin. The four layers of Stephanie’s epidermis that are affected are known as the stratum basale, stratum spinosum, stratum granulosum, and stratum corneum. In case you are unaware of the importance of these layers of skin, let me inform you. The stratum basale is known as the deepest layer of the epidermis, which allows it to be attached to…show more content…
However, I would like to inform you that there is nothing to be extremely worried about now that I have diagnosed you. This is a very common skin disease for both children and adults, and both men and women. Women are more likely to develop psoriasis earlier in their life rather than men who will most likely develop it later in their lifetime. There are two specific times in a person’s life when they are at more of a risk to develop psoriasis and that is when they are between the ages of sixteen and twenty two, and fifty seven and sixty. To make you aware of the recovery process, I would like to inform you that psoriasis is a treatable disease, but it’s incurable. With this being said, there are three main treatments that help someone with psoriasis the most. These treatments are phototherapy, laser therapy, and certain medications. Phototherapy is a free treatment that could benefit Stephanie greatly. Phototherapy is as simple as sitting outside in the sunlight and letting the skin receive the ultraviolet light from the sun. This allows the skin cells to slow down their process of producing, and will reduce any inflammation that a person may have around their affected areas. However, if this treatment is used, Stephanie should be very careful with how much sun exposure she is getting. I wouldn’t want her to develop skin cancer because she’s out in the sun too long trying to get rid of her uncomfortable psoriasis. Stephanie’s next option is to get Laser Therapy which is a small laser consisting of UV-B light. This allows the laser to focus on only the psoriasis on Stephanie’s body and not the surrounding skin. A very strong dose of the UV-B light can be used since it will only be focusing on a certain small area of Stephanie’s body. However, if she decides to receive this treatment, then she will have to attend regular doctor’s visits over the next couple of months. Lastly, Stephanie’s

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