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Psoriasis Pictures will help identify if you have this condition

Plaque psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common ailment of the skin that causes redness and irritation. Most people with psoriasis develop thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches referred to as scales

Risk factors and Causes

Psoriasis is a common skin condition. This condition can occur in people of any age, the symptoms usually present between the ages 15-35. This ailment is noncontagious and  cannot be spread. Psoriasis does appear to be hereditary. Doctors believe it most likely occurs when the immune system mistakes normal skin cells for dangerous substance. As skin cells develop they normally rise to the surface monthly. In those who have psoriasis, this process occurs at a much faster rate, almost twice as fast, and dead skin cells build up on the skin's surface.

These items may trigger a psoriasis attack and/or make treating it more difficult:

  • Viral or bacterial infections.

  • Dry skin and arid conditions

  • Skin injuries, including cuts, burns and abrasions

  • Stress

  • Limited exposure to sun

  • Overexposure to sun

  • Excessive use of alcohol

Generally persons with a weak or depressed immune system are susceptible to severe psoriasis.  It is estimated that a third of those with psoriasis could also have arthritis, commonly refereed to  as sporadic arthritis.


Psoriasis may present rapidly or slowly. In most cases, psoriasis goes into remission then flares up periodically. During a flareup of  psoriasis there are patches of red irritated skin. These most often occur on the trunk, knees and elbows, but may appear elsewhere on the body. As an example, there could be patches on your scalp, hands or feet.

These patches and dots may:

  • Be very itchy

  • Be covered with scales and very dry

  • Red and irritated

  • Thick and bumpy

You may also experience:

              Joint pain or aching (sporadic arthritis)

              Changes in your finger or toe nails including thickening, yellowish or brown spots,

              Severe dandruff 

Psoriasis can affect skin on any part of the body

Psoriasis is grouped into five main categories:

  • Erythrodermic -- Redness covering large areas of the body

  • Guttate -- Small red or pink spots

  • Inverse -- irritation and redness of the armpits, groin, and places where the skin overlaps.

  • Plaque -- Crusty looking and thick, this is the most common and what most think of when the hear of psoriasis.

  • Pustular -- Appearance of a blister with red irritated skin around it.


The objects of treatment are to prevent infections and manage symptoms.

There are three common treatment options for those with psoriasis:

  • Topical medicated creams,ointments, lotions and shampoos

  • Whole body treatments such as injections and pills

  • Photo therapy, where they use light for treating psoriasis

The most widely used course of treatment is topical. Please all ways seek professional medical advise,to make sure it is not an acne scar,  this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat or diagnose a medical condition.

If you have patches of irritated skin that look like these psoriasis pictures, you should seek medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.


Psoriasis pictures

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