Psoriasis | Overview

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What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis (say "sor-eye-uh-sus") is a common chronic condition that causes thick red marks and flaky white patches that look like scales to form on the skin.

Is psoriasis contagious?

No, you cannot catch psoriasis from another person or give it to someone by touching them. You also cannot spread it to other parts of your body

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 07/95

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