Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, itchy, scaly skin patches. These commonly develop on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. Psoriasis tends to result in intermittent flare-ups.
Symptoms of psoriasis include:
- Red skin patches that have slivery colored scales
- Small scaly spots
- Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
- Itching or burning
Psoriasis may only affect small areas or result in larger patches.
Common triggers for a psoriasis flare include:
- Weather changes
- Skin injury, including sunburn
- Alcohol intake