What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an irritating skin condition that is most often seen in the form of flaky patches of skin on the elbows and knees. While the condition may generally be minor, the symptoms are irritating and very persistent. When severe, it may affect the entire skin of the body including the joints and the genitalia. Recent studies show a relationship between psoriasis, diabetis and heart disease. Fortunately, psoriasis is controllable as long as it is diagnosed and treated properly.
Causes and Treatments
Psoriasis is common but it is not contagious. Patients often have the genetic predisposition of having this disorder. A number of different factors such as infections, medications and trauma may trigger it.