Summer can be a time of heightened anxiety for people living with psoriasis. Liz Connor takes a look.
Psoriasis affects around two in every 100 people in the UK and you can get it at any age in life, male or female.
The British Skin Foundation says that although psoriasis is a long-term condition, it can often come and go throughout your lifetime, which means people affected will usually experience flare-ups followed by periods where symptoms calm down.
Exactly why some people develop it and others don’t isn’t entirely clear. The condition is characterised by dry, raised, scaly patches of skin, which may be itchy and sometimes sore and painful.
These patches (called ‘plaques’) tend to occur because of an increased production of skin cells. Usually, skin cells are replaced every three to four weeks, but with psoriasis this process can happen between three to seven days.