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Psoriasis is a chronic condition causing increased skin cell production leading to red scaly patches on the skin.

Its causes are not clear but some possibilities include:

  • Autoimmune reaction
  • Heredity

Symptoms vary according to the type of psoriasis and include:

  • Thick, raised, red patches of dry skin
  • Silver scales
  • Red spots
  • Yellow pustules
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Burning sensation

There is no cure for this condition but treatment may include:

  • Topical creams and lotions
  • Local steroid injections
  • Oral medication
  • Light therapy

There is no prevention but triggering it may be avoided by:

  • Avoiding stress
  • Avoiding trauma to skin
  • Avoiding harsh soaps and other skin irritants
  • Avoiding drinking and smoking