If you have inflamed, scaly skin, it may be more than just dry skin. A strong possibility may be a condition called psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory disease of the immune system, where skin cells multiply up to 10 times faster than normal.
When the underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, the increased cells form raised, red plaques that cover the skin with white scales.
While it primarily affects one's skin and joints (including the scalp), it could also impact the fingernails, toenails, the soft tissues of the genitals, and the inside of the mouth.
While it often comes and goes, the worst thing someone can do is nothing, and hope it goes away on its own.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, and can occur at any age. While primarily seen in adults, up to 40% of people also experience joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis, called psoriatic arthritis.
Luckily, there are simple solutions to treat it.