What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a challenge for medical community and is considered a genetic as well as an autoimmune disorder. It is a skin disorder characterized by aggressive multiplication of skin cells that eventually die on the skin's surface causing raised, red plaques covered with white scales.

Common Location of Psoriatic lesions

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Psoriasis typically occurs on

• Knees

• Elbows

• Scalp

• Torso, palms, and soles of the feet

Causes of Psoriasis

Although the exact cause of psoriasis is not known but it is believed to occur due to a combination of any of the following factors:

• Defects in immune regulation

• Genetic predisposition

• Environmental factors

• Emotional stress

• Trauma

• Streptococcal infection

Symptoms of Psoriasis

The symptoms of psoriasis depend on the type and may include:

• Red skin, often covered with loose, silver-coloured scales

• Itchy or painful skin

• Cracking and bleeding of skin

• Plaques can merge and cover larger skin area

• Discoloration and pitting of the nails

• Crumbling or detachment of nails from the nail bed

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