Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that allows skin cells to quickly accumulate. This cell aggregation induces scaling on the surface of the skin.

It is fairly common to feel inflammation and redness across the scales. Typical psoriatic scales form in thick, red patches and are whitish-silver. These patches will break and bleed occasionally.

The consequence of an accelerated period of skin development is psoriasis. Skin cells normally expand deep in the skin and come to the surface slowly. They slip off finally. A skin cell has a normal life cycle of one month.

This development process may occur in just a few days in individuals with psoriasis. Skin cells do not have time to break off because of this. This rapid overproduction contributes to skin cell build-up.

Scales typically develop on joints, such elbows and knees. They may develop anywhere on the body, including the:

  • hands
  • feet
  • neck
  • scalp
  • face

Less common types of psoriasis affect the nails, the mouth, and the area around genitals.

According to one study, around 7.4 million Americans have psoriasis. It’s commonly associated with several other conditions, including:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • heart disease
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • anxiety
  • depression

Here are the different types of psoriasis:

Plaque psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis

Pustular psoriasis

Inverse Psoriasis

Erythrodermic psoriasis


Symptoms of psoriasis vary from person to person and depend on the sort of psoriasis. Areas of psoriasis on the scalp or elbow may be as small as a few flakes, or cover much of the body.

The most common symptoms of plaque psoriasis include:

  • Red, raised, inflamed patches of skin
  • whitish-silver scales or plaques on the red patches
  • dry skin that may crack and bleed
  • soreness around patches
  • itching and burning sensations around patches
  • thick, pitted nails
  • painful, swollen joints


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