Psoriasis affects around 2 in 100 people in the UK. It can start at any age but most often develops in adults between 20 and 30 years old and between 50 and 60 years old. It affects men and women equally. On brown, black, and white skin the patches can look pink or red and the scales white or silvery. On brown and black skin, the patches can also look purple or dark brown and the scales may look grey. These patches normally appear on your elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back but can appear anywhere on your body.
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Psoriasis tends to affect the:
- Elbows and knees.
- Face, scalp and inside the mouth.
- Fingernails and toenails.
- Lower back.
- Palms and feet.
What causes psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an immune system problem. Your immune response overreacts, causing inflammation, which leads to new skin cells growing too fast.
Typically, new skin cells grow every 28 to 30 days. But in people with psoriasis, new cells grow and move to the skin surface every three to four days. The buildup of new cells replacing old cells creates the silvery scales of psoriasis.
Psoriasis may have a genetic component so parents may pass it down to their children.
Psoriasis outbreaks differ from person to person. No one knows exactly what causes flare-ups. Common psoriasis triggers may include:
- Skin injury (cuts, scrapes or surgery).
- An infection that affects the immune system.
- Certain medications.
- Cold weather, when people have less exposure to sunlight and humidity and more to hot, dry indoor air.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
In addition to red, scaly patches, symptoms of psoriasis include:
- Dry and cracked skin
- Scaly scalp.
- Skin pain.
- Pitted or cracked nails.
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