Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. It is characterized by red, scaly skin patches which are usually found on the scalp, elbows and knees, and may be associated with severe arthropathy.
Researchers feel that psoriasis is an immune system disorder but also think that genetics and the environment contribute to flare-ups. There are several triggers that can make psoriasis worse. medication weather stress smoking alcoholism
Thickened skin and bacterial skin infections caused by scratching in an attempt to relieve severe itching
Fluid and electrolyte imbalance in the case of severe pustular psoriasis
Low self-esteem, depression, stress and anxiety, social isolation.
Your doctor will look at your skin. Diagnosis is usually based on what the skin looks like. Sometimes, a skin biopsy is done to rule out other possible conditions. If you have joint pain, your doctor may order x-rays.