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The most common sign of psoriasis is a psoriasis plaque, a raised, red skin patch covered by a silvery-white coating. Eight out of 10 people with psoriasis have plaques. These patches can form anywhere on your skin but are most likely to show up on your knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. You may have several patches that join together to form a big patch. Plaques are itchy, but resist scratching them because scratching can make them become thicker.

In at least half of the people who have psoriasis, the scalp is affected. Scalp psoriasis can range from mild, dandruff-like scaling to crusty plaques that extend beyond your hairline to your forehead or neck. This type of psoriasis can be very itchy. Using a medicated shampoo may help with scalp psoriasis. As many as half of all people with psoriasis experience nail changes caused by the condition. Changes in your nails may include pitting (holes), alterations in color and shape, thickening, and separation of the nail from the nail bed. About one in twenty people with psoriasis will have painful, stiff joints. This type of joint pain and swelling is called psoriatic arthritis. In many cases psoriatic arthritis affects only the fingers and toes. If you develop psoriatic arthritis, you will almost certainly experience nail changes. In rare cases, this form of arthritis can be severe and affect the joints in your spine as well.

Psoriasis does not appear to directly cause any of these diseases, but it does put you at higher risk for developing them. Studies show that having psoriasis increases your risk of stroke and diabetes by about 40 percent. If you are 30 years old and you have severe psoriasis, your chances of having a heart attack are tripled. Take steps to lower your risk and protect your health by eating a heart-smart diet, getting regular exercise, and controlling your weight. Having psoriasis can be stressful. Studies show that people with psoriasis may have higher rates of depression and anxiety.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a non-infectious skin disease that causes red rashesand patches on the skin.Psoriasis causes painful swelling, bleedingcracks, severe scaling, itching, burning, a

What is the cause of psoriasis?

We don't know what causes psoriasis. It is thought to be anautoimmune disease, and that is has a genetic component. There isalso another school of thought that it is a dermal

Can psoriasis be on the cervix?

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How do you get psoriasis?

If one member of your family had psoriasis or still has then it is very probably to "get" psoriasis some day too. Actually, a person doesn't get psoriasis because it is writte

Who will have psoriasis?

Studies have proven that psoriasis is caused by 9 gene mutation. There are several types of things that trigger this kind of skin disorder. This includes drinking alcohol, str

Who will get psoriasis?

Anybody can get Psoriasis but the most targeted people are people that are often stressed, smoking, or often out in dry weather.

Is psoriasis a disease?

Psoriasis is a disease that is caused when your white blood cells are reproducing to quickly causing a patch of skin. It appears white on top and pinkish on the bottom. This d

What is guttate psoriasis?

guttate psoriasis is characterized by small, red, drop-like dots that enlarge rapidly and may be somewhat scaly.

Is psoriasis inherited?

You can inherit Psoriasis from your ancestors who had it. For example: I probably got psoriasis because it might of been inherited to me from my grandpa who has it as well.

How do you get scalp psoriasis?

Its hereditary , mine first started up in my early teens , i have it in small amounts constantly , but it tends to go nuts about once every ten years and the only place i don'