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In this section, you or a loved one can find out more about psoriasis, as well as links to other information. Being informed is an important first step towards becoming an active decision-maker in your care plan.
Psoriasis is a disease that causes the skin cells to grow too quickly. Rough, dry and thick patches of dead skin called lesions or plaques appear on the skin. The lesions can appear red and irritated with silvery scales and a distinct border between the plaque and normal skin. Sometimes the lesions itch, burn or bleed. Plaques are most often seen on the elbows, knees and torso, but can appear anywhere, including the scalp. Fingernails and toenails can also be affected. The nails can become discoloured, thickened, lift up from the skin and even become “pitted” as small holes form in them.
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