Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that involves red elevated patches and flaking silvery scales. It affects as many as one million Canadians and 80 million people worldwide. Lesions may be painful and itchy, and can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly occur on the hands, knees, elbows and scalp.
Here are four things you should know about psoriasis, even if you don’t have the condition yourself.
1. It’s not contagious
2. It most commonly occurs in adulthood
3. Stress is a major contributor
4. There is relief