Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, causing them to grow too quickly and accumulate on the surface of the skin, resulting in raised, scaly patches.
The exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, but it is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to the condition, meaning they are more likely to develop it if someone in their family has it. However, not everyone with a genetic predisposition will develop psoriasis.
Environmental factors that may trigger psoriasis include stress, infections, injury to the skin, certain medications, and changes in climate or weather. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption may also play a role in triggering or worsening psoriasis symptoms.
It’s important to note that psoriasis is not contagious, and it’s not caused by poor hygiene or an allergy. If you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, it’s recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment options.