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Overview of Condition:

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterized by the rapid buildup of skin cells, resulting in thick, red patches with silvery scales. It is not contagious but can cause discomfort and self-consciousness.


Common symptoms of psoriasis include red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales, itching, burning, and soreness. Psoriasis can also affect the nails, causing discoloration, pitting, and separation from the nail bed.


There are several types of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis (the most common type), guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis. Each type presents with distinct characteristics and may require different treatment approaches.


The exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune system factors. Triggers such as stress, infections, certain medications, and trauma to the skin can worsen symptoms.


Treatment options for psoriasis aim to reduce inflammation, slow down the rapid growth of skin cells, and alleviate symptoms. Treatments may include topical corticosteroids, phototherapy, oral medications, biologic therapies, and lifestyle modifications such as stress management and avoiding triggers.