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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease characterized by eruption of itchy, dry and red patches on your scalp, nails, knees, elbows, feet, hands, genitals, or your whole body.  Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease; that is, your immune system turns against normal tissues in your body causing an excessive skin cells production. 

Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disorder, affecting approximately 2 to 3% of the world population. Its cause is unknown, but there is probably a hereditary factor; your risk of developing psoriasis is 5 to 10% higher if you have a parent affected. In addition, race may play a role in its onset; psoriasis is more common among white skin individuals. 

Unlike many other incurable diseases, psoriasis is not contagious or life threatening; it may, however, make your life miserable when it develops on the palms of your hands, your soles (the bottom of your feet), in the folds of your joints, or on your genitals. The disagreeable effects of the lesions may impact negatively your emotional, social and personal life. 


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