What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic disorder of the immune system that affects between 1-3% of the world's population. It causes skin cells to mature at a rapid rate and instead of falling off, these cells pile up and form lesions.

Physically, psoriasis can range from an appearance on the skin usually in the form of thick, red, scaly patches covered with a silvery white build-up of dead skin cells to painful inflammation of the joints (psoriatic arthritis).

Emotionally, psoriasis can be for some an exasperating and complex to treat. The detrimental impact on a person's confidence, feelings and possibly experiences should not be underestimated. Many sufferers believe they need to dramatically change their lifestyle to accommodate the unsightly presentation of their condition. They often shield themselves away from others to avoid embarrassment.

Psoriasis varies enormously in severity, duration and how it responds to treatments. It can affect the young, middle aged & elderly. It can also equally afflict females & males.