Psoriasis is a noncontagious common skin condition that causes rapid skin cell reproduction resulting in red, dry patches of thickened skin. The dry flakes and skin scales are thought to result from the rapid buildup of skin cells. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease.

• Psoriasis has no known cause.

• The tendency toward developing psoriasis is inherited in genes.

• Psoriasis is not contagious.

• Psoriasis gets better and worse spontaneously and can have periodic remissions (clear skin).

• Psoriasis is controllable with medication.

• Psoriasis is currently not curable.

• There are many promising therapies including newer biologic drugs.

• Future research for psoriasis is promising.

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