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Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that can manifest at any age, though it tends to occur in adults under age 35. It is characterised by redness, scaliness, and itchiness on any part of the body but most prevalently found on elbows, knees, lower back and scalp. Symptoms can range from mild to severe with each flare up having its own duration which can cause painful physical discomfort nevertheless individuals should not worry as there are treatments available to people who suffer from psoriasis. 

Alternative names: Chronic plaque, guttate, nummular/discoid, palmoplantar pustular, pustular, annular pustular, generalized pustular] – psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, sebopsoriasis.

What causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition that is intermittent in nature and depicted by frequent remissions and ‘flare ups’. It occurs when the body replaces skin cells at an accelerated rate, prompting cells to appear on the outer surface of the skin which are not fully mature. While the root cause is believed to be related to some form of immune system malfunction, the true source remains unknown. Hereditary factors may play a role in developing psoriasis, as can illnesses, stress and certain medications. There is currently no cure for psoriasis, but it can be effectively managed though various treatments.


Symptoms of psoriasis typically include red, raised patches of skin covered by silvery white scales. While different types of psoriasis may produce a different number and combination of symptoms, some standard features across the board include persistent itching and burning sensations, pain in joints associated with psoriatic arthritis, and fatigue. 

One type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis which occurs when excess skin cells form scaly patches on the elbows, scalp toenails, palms or soles. Another type is guttate psoriasis which manifests itself as multiple small oval or drop-shaped spots that appear quickly and is often triggered by an infection such as strep throat. Treatments for types of psoriasis vary greatly depending on the severity so it is important to speak with a healthcare professional about a personalised approach for your specific needs.


Unfortunately there is no cure for psoriasis but there are ways the condition can be managed and symptoms alleviated. Many good treatments are now available for psoriasis, these include:

  • Biologic injections
  • Oral medications (methotrexate & cyclosporin)
  • Creams and gels
  • Ultraviolet light

In addition to receiving specific treatment for psoriasis flare-ups, it’s also important that you self-manage your skin condition in order to minimise and prevent flare-ups from happening. Maintaining good physical and mental health will ensure that your immune system is strong, and will lessen the risk of joint pain and fatigue that can be associated with psoriasis. Stress is often a trigger for flare-ups of psoriasis and other skin conditions, so beneficial for your health if you can avoid stress as much as possible.


No, psoriasis is not contagious

Common psoriasis triggers include:

  • an injury to the skin
  • alcohol
  • smoking
  • stress
  • puberty
  • menopause
  • immune disorders
  • certain medications



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