Could it be psoriasis?

Could it be psoriasis?

Skin rash vs psoriasis

Skin rashes are not unusual, but how do you know if it’s something that you should be worried about?

Rashes can be caused by infections (fungal, bacterial or viral), eczema, dermatitis, acne and psoriasis.

All of these rashes can look similar at certain times, and a sample of skin may need to be taken and tested to properly identify the cause.

If you have any sort of recurring skin rash or roughness it’s best to get it checked out by your GP.


Psoriasis in a nutshell

Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease that usually shows its symptoms on the skin, but can actually affect other parts of the body as well.

Psoriasis is a chronic condition, if you have psoriasis it is for life. You cannot ‘catch’ psoriasis or give it to anyone; it is not infectious or contagious.

Psoriasis can get better or worse over time and may even seem to disappear for periods.


A guide to understanding psoriasis


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This educational resource is not intended to replace discussions with your healthcare team. If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, please contact your doctor.