What is Plaque Psoriasis? (Definition)
Plaque psoriasis is a chronic or lifelong autoimmune condition which causes dry, thick, scaly, red skin. It is estimated that approximately 7.5 million adults in America suffer from psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form, representing about 8 in 10 cases. When your body has plaque psoriasis, your immune system is overactive, triggering skin inflammation and causing skin cells to be produced faster than normal.
Scientists believe that several factors may be involved in the development of plaque psoriasis, including genetics, environment, and the immune system. Plaque psoriasis will usually develop on the elbows, knees, scalp, or lower back.
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