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Psoriasis is a common skin condition affecting more than 1 person in 50. It is a lifelong condition that does not go away but it can be well managed with the right treatments.

Psoriasis is not contagious It is not infectious.

Psoriasis is often seen as a rash with redness and patches of dry flaky skin. Patches may appear on the scalp, knees and elbows but also occur on other parts of the body. Many people will have long periods when their psoriasis is largely or completely clear, whereas others have more extensive coverage lasting for longer periods of time.

We now know that psoriasis is an inflammatory condition linked with changes to the immune system. This helps to explain why psoriasis comes and goes, as well as why some people’s psoriasis flares up at times when they are ill. It also means that looking after your general health is an important step in helping you to manage your psoriasis.

The most common form of psoriasis is called plaque psoriasis but there are other types of psoriasis. 


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