Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition, which causes symptoms on the skin and sometimes on the joints. A person with Psoriasis has an over reactive skin replacement process, normal skin cells take about 21-28 days to replace themselves. However in a psoriasis patient it takes around 2-6 days.The build up of the skin cells form plaques which can be very painful, itchy, scaly and flaky.
There are several types of psoriasis: Plaque, Guttate, Inverse, Pustular, Erythromeric. It is really important to be diagnosed with the right one as treatments will vary. Different parts of the body can be effected by various type of psoriasis.
Psoriasis affects about 80 million people world wide, of which 1.5 million of them are here in the UK, but is a subject rarely discussed. Often referred to as ‘just a skin condition’ the psychological impact of psoriasis can be widely underestimated.