Psoriase

psoriase

What is psoriasis?

What is psoriasis? 1 Psoriasis causes patches of thick red skin and silvery scales. 2 Anyone can get psoriasis. 3 Psoriasis is not contagious. 4 Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that part...

What does psoriasis look like on dark skin?

These areas are red, or purple on some people with darker skin, dry, itchy, and scaly. Psoriasis varies in severity from small, localized patches to complete body coverage. Injury to the skin can trigger psoriatic skin changes at that spot, which is known as the Koebner phenomenon.

Why does psoriasis get worse before it gets better?

This occurs because the overactive immune system speeds up skin cell growth. Normal skin cells completely grow and shed (fall off) in a month. With psoriasis, skin cells do this in only three or four days.

What are patches of psoriasis?

Patches are typically found on the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back, face, palms, and soles of feet, but can affect other places (fingernails, toenails, and mouth). The most common type of psoriasis is called plaque psoriasis.

What is psoriasis and what causes it?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disease that speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells. How is psoriasis diagnosed and treated?

What does psoriasis look like?

Jump to navigation Jump to search. Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal skin. These skin patches are typically red, dry, itchy, and scaly. On people with darker skin the patches may be purple in colour.

How does psoriatic skin disease vary in severity?

Psoriasis varies in severity from small, localized patches to complete body coverage. Injury to the skin can trigger psoriatic skin changes at that spot, which is known as the Koebner phenomenon.

What is psoriasis of the fingernails?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that produces thick, pink to red, itchy areas of skin covered with white or silvery scales. The rash usually occurs on the scalp, elbows, knees, lower back and genitals, but it can appear anywhere. It can also affect the fingernails. Psoriasis usually begins in early adulthood but it can start later in life.

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