What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease, which may affect the skin and also the joints. Psoriasis is identified specifically by the formation of typical plaques (silvery scales).
Psoriasis (silvery scales) is derived from the Greek "psao", which translates as "itching" in English. It causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. However, in many patients this affects not just the skin, but at times also the joints. Despite the sometimes extreme symptoms, psoriasis is not contagious; rather it is caused by a malfunction of the body's own immune system. Psoriasis is also commonly accompanied by metabolic disorders or cardiovascular diseases.