Painful and debilitating, psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious skin condition. Psoriasis causes the inflammation of the skin, and often results in red, scaly patches on the skin's surface.
Psoriasis is found most commonly on the scalp, elbows, palms, soles, armpits, lower back, knees and genitals. It can also effect the toes and fingernails.
The most common form of the disease is called Psoriasis Vulgaris, and is characterized by the red patches with silvery scales. However, there are many other forms of psoriasis to watch out for. Pustular Psoriasis results in the body being covered in bumps and lesions filled with a milky pus.
The Erythrodermic form of the disease is identifiable by red scaly areas that involve or cover the entire body. Another form, called Guttate, results in red, tear-drop shaped spots.
There is also an Inverse form of the disease, where the red patches are smooth rather than scaly. These smooth patches are usually found in the folds and creases of the skin.
A most painful form of the disease is a form of arthritis, and it can cause near immobility through joint swelling in the fingers, toes and spine. While some sufferers may only experience one form of the disease, others may exhibit multiple forms. Though incurable, Psoriasis can be treated to minimize symptoms and discomfort.