Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by red patches with thick white scales. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, the knees and the elbows. Nail changes and arthritis can be associated with psoriasis.
The cause of psoriasis is multifactorial. It begin at any age, but the most common age of onset is teens and twenties. There is a genetic link to psoriasis meaning people with a family history for psoriasis are at a higher risk.
While there is still no cure for psoriasis, there are a multitude of treatments. If you have psoriasis, it is important to be examined by a doctor to discuss the best treatment for you.