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Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaling and inflammation (pain, swelling, heat, and redness). Anyone can get psoriasis, but it occurs more often in adults. In many cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Certain genes have been linked to the disease. Men and women get psoriasis at about the same rate. By selecting "Learn More", you will be directed to the NIAM National Institutes of Health website.

Psoriasis Basics

Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, scaly skin that may feel painful, swollen or hot.

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Psoriasis -- In Depth

An in-depth look at psoriasis.

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Who gets psoriasis?

Anyone can get psoriasis, but it is more common in adults.

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The symptoms of psoriasis

Psoriasis usually causes patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales that itch or feel sore.

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The causes of psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, which means that your body’s immune system starts overacting and causing problems.

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Diagnosis of psoriasis

Psoriasis can be difficult to diagnose, because it often looks like other skin diseases.

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Treatment for psoriasis

There are several different types of treatment for psoriasis.

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Related psoriasis resources

Additional resources on the topic of psoriasis.

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