Skip to main content

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that develops from faulty signals in the immune system that cause new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks. The symptoms of psoriasis are itching and sometimes bleeding. This causes considerable discomfort and emotional stress for nearly 7 million Americans. Psoriasis can start at any age, although it generally begins in early adulthood (twenties and thirties). Psoriasis has a genetic component, as approximately 40% of patients with psoriasis have a family history of the disease.

About 80% of people living with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis causes patches of thick, scaly skin that may be white, silvery, or red called plaques. These patches can develop anywhere on the skin. The most common areas to find plaques are on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp.

The Editors of aWomansHealth and TheArthritisConnection have assembled select resources for psoriasis and PsA.

Scroll to Continue

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

shutterstock_1935965023

How Prebiotics Can Supercharge Probiotics

Supercharge Your Probiotics with Prebiotics

shutterstock_1039537114

Three Misconceptions About Stem Cell Therapy From an Insider

What are the misconceptions regarding stem cell therapy?

shutterstock_731206732

Total Carbs vs. Net Carbs

What you need to know about total carbs vs. net carbs

Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)