What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red scaly patches of skin, most often on the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, but it can appear anywhere on your body.

About 2% of people in the UK have psoriasis, which is about 1.3 million people.

Psoriasis is a chronic condition which means you may have it for life, but the symptoms of it may not always be visible. There may be times where your symptoms get better (remission) and periods when they get worse (flares).

Psoriasis is not infectious and is not contagious, so you cannot catch it from someone else.

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Types of Psoriasis

Types of Psoriasis

There are several forms of psoriasis, although plaque psoriasis is the most common

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Causes Psoriasis

What causes Psoriasis?

It's unclear what causes psoriasis, but the immune system and genetics may play a role

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Diagnosing Psoriasis

Diagnosing Psoriasis

Your GP or dermatologist can diagnose psoriasis, and help identify the specific form

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