What is psoriasis?

Also known as: plaque psoriasis

Psoriasis is a non-contagious long-lasting (chronic) skin disease, that gets better and worse, characterized by extra skin cells building up rapidly on the surface of the skin giving rise to the red, raised, thickened silvery scale patches of skin that usually appear on the scalp, knees, elbows but can appear anywhere on the body. It can be a minor worry or cause your child to feel very poorly about him/herself.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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