August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches that typically cause itchy, burning and stinging sensations on the skin. Although psoriasis typically affects the elbows, knees and scalp, it can also appear all over the body. According to the Mayo Clinic scientists are unsure what exactly causes psoriasis, but we do know that the interplay of genetics and the immune system shoulder a lot of the blame. Typically, psoriasis is triggered by medication, stress, infection or injury. It is the result of the life cycle of skin cells speeding up. The itchy, scaly patches on the skin are caused by excess skin cells, however it is not contagious. Psoriasis usually develops in people between the ages of 15 and 35, but it has been observed in young children, although rare. The National Psoriasis Foundation more >>

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