Psoriasis of the Skin

What is Psoriasis?


Psoriasis is a non-contagious, lifelong skin condition that affects about 2–3% of the population in Australia. People with psoriasis have thickened, red, and often scaly patches on their skin. Psoriasis has a genetic link, but it can also be triggered by certain situations, such as emotional stress, injury to the skin, infection, and certain medications. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, however is believed to be an autoimmune disease where the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.