PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is psoriasis?

ANSWER

Psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders. It's characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp, and it can also affect the torso, palms, and soles of the feet.

From: Psoriasis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. National Psoriasis Foundation. The Psoriasis Foundation. American Academy of Dermatology.



Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

SOURCES: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. National Psoriasis Foundation. The Psoriasis Foundation. American Academy of Dermatology.



Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on June 25, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What are symptoms of psoriasis?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: