Skin Conditions: Understanding Psoriasis Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Samantha Miller, MBChB

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Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects approximately 3% of the U.S. population. It’s characterized most commonly by the appearance of dry, thickened skin patches. This chronic condition is not contagious, meaning it can’t be transmitted from one person to another. Scientists believe psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, which means it occurs due to a person’s overactive immune system attacking their body’s own healthy cells.

Psoriasis is generally diagnosed by a dermatologist (a doctor who specializes in skin conditions) because they can differentiate between this condition and others it may be commonly confused with, such as eczema. While there is no cure for this condition, people with psoriasis can manage their symptoms with a variety of treatment options. August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Now is the prime time to educate yourself about this condition.