Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes the rapid buildup of skin cells, resulting in the formation of red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches, which are also known as plaques, can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on the scalp, knees, and elbows.
The exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to an immune system problem. People with psoriasis may have a family history of the condition and may be more likely to develop it if they have certain risk factors, such as obesity or a history of smoking.
There are several types of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, and pustular psoriasis. Symptoms can vary depending on the type of psoriasis and may include red, scaly patches on the skin, itching, and the formation of pustules (small, pus-filled bumps).
It is important to speak with a healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, as severe or persistent symptoms may indicate the presence of a more serious underlying condition. With proper treatment, it is possible to effectively manage and prevent outbreaks of psoriasis.