Psoriasis is a common, chronic, autoimmune disease affecting the skin. Treatment aims to alleviate and eliminate symptoms.
The condition causes a build up of cells on the skin which form red and dry patches that can become swollen, itchy, and painful. There may be periods were the pain and symptoms of psoriasis subside, however it is a long lasting condition. Psoriasis commonly appears around the nails and toes, the scalp, hands, and elbows.
Psoriasis is caused by overactive T cells, which normally function to fight against infection and bacteria, however they attack healthy skin and cause the overproduction of skin cells, creating redness, swelling, pain, and itchiness.
Whilst there is no cure for psoriasis, there is a variety of treatments such as topical treatments, light therapy, and oral or injected medication.