Psoriasis is a lifelong disease of the immune system that affects the skin. Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition that most commonly causes red skin patches, often covered with silver flaky scales, which form in areas where new skin cells grow faster than normal. Inflammation, pain, and itching can occur. To better understand why this may happen, read "Psoriasis causes and risk factors."
Do you think that you or someone you know may have psoriasis? If so, it could be one or more of the following 5 types of psoriasis:
Do any of these descriptions match skin symptoms you have noticed? It is important to identify symptoms and get a diagnosis from a doctor because psoriasis can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Because psoriasis can be visible to others, those with psoriasis may experience stress and social stigma, and self-esteem can be affected. Psoriasis can end up impacting a person's relationships, work, and school.
And yet, people with psoriasis can effectively treat and manage their condition with the help of their doctor or a dermatologist specializing in psoriasis.
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