Psoriasis is a hyperproliferative skin disorder. It commonly causes red scaly plaques to appear on the skin. The scaly patches are areas of excessive skin production and inflammation. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites and takes a silvery-white appearance. Factors thought to aggravate psoriasis include stress, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.

Fast Facts

  • Psoriasis is a life-long, chronic condition.
  • Psoriasis may be treated, but not everyone will have the same results with each medication.
  • Psoriatic arthritis is a potential complication of psoriasis.