Did you know more than 8-million Americans are affected by psoriasis? Psoriasis is a skin disease that can affect many areas of the body and plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease. Plaque psoriasis is usually associated with patches of rough, red skin and white scaley patches.
When someone has plaque psoriasis, their skin cells receive a signal to produce new skin cells very quickly. And this is what causes the build-up of the white scaley patches. Unfortunately, this disease is not curable. The good news is, plaque psoriasis is not contagious and there are ways you can manage the symptoms. Let’s dive in deeper and explore the signs, causes, and treatment options of plaque psoriasis.
Signs and Symptoms of Plaque Psoriasis
Plaque psoriasis often appears as raised and inflamed scaly patches. They’re usually red with a silvery-white buildup. This is called scale which is a buildup of skin cells.
The scaly patches often appear on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp. That said, they can really appear anywhere. Further, the plaques often appear symmetrically on the body, meaning they can appear on the same areas of the body on the left and right sides. Unfortunately, the plaques are often itchy and in some cases, painful.