Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which skin cells multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As cells reach the skin's surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red patches (called "plaques") to develop. These plaques are often covered with silvery-white flakes called scales. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, elbows, and scalp, but it can also affect the torso (the "trunk" of the body), palms, and soles of the feet, as well as your finger and toe nails.
You are not alone
Psoriasis affects about 1 million people across Canada, so you are definitely not alone. Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune condition, which means that the body's immune system (the system that fights diseases) isn't responding as it should to healthy body tissue. There is no cure for psoriasis, but you can live well with psoriasis by following an appropriate treatment plan that includes medication suited to your particular situation.