Psoriasis basics

If you’ve already been diagnosed with psoriasis, or Pso, you probably know a bit about it, but it’s easy to feel lost in the
science, so here’s a quick refresher. If you’re new to Pso or would like to share the basics with someone else or prepare for a conversation about it, you’ll find what you need in this section.

Psoriasis works inside your body to cause symptoms you may recognise.

There are different types of psoriasis – which are familiar to you?

Your family may have played a part in your psoriasis.


Being stressed or getting sick can trigger flares. Make sure you look after yourself1,2


Everyone’s different, but you may recognise the classic signs.

Work out how much your psoriasis might be affecting you.

Find out which doctors and tests you’ll encounter.

Does psoriasis (Pso) always stay the same?


1.    National Psoriasis Foundation; Protect yourself from a nasty flu season. Available at: Accessed: June 2020.
2.    British Association of Dermatologists patient hub; Psoriasis: an overview. Available at: Accessed: June 2020.