A chronic skin disease which results in scaly, often itchy areas in patches.
If you’re experiencing new, severe, or persistent symptoms, contact a health care provider.
Symptoms vary from person to person and may include:
- Red patches with thick, silvery scales which may range from a few spots to large areas of scaly patches
- Small scaling spots, commonly noted in children
- Dry, cracked skin which may be accompanied by bleeding
- Itching, burning, and painful lesions which may be accompanied by soreness
- Thick, pitted, or ridged nails
- Swollen joints with stiffness
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→ How is this diagnosed?
– It is believed to result from abnormal immune system. The risk factors or triggers of psoriasis are:
- Family history
- Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections
- Injury to the skin such as a cut or severe burn
- Alcohol abuse
- Vitamin deficiency
- Medications such as beta blockers, antimalarials, and lithium
- Cold weather
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