Psoriasis is a chronic condition caused by the overproduction of skin cells, that results in scaly, dry skin. Psoriasis itself is an autoimmune condition, meaning, your white blood cells attack your healthy skin cells. Often, people suffering from psoriasis will experience cracking skin that can bleed, along with many other symptoms:
● Reddened, inflamed skin
● White scales/patches on inflamed skin
● Dry, cracked, and bleeding skin
● Itching, burning, and soreness around patches
● Thick nails
● Swollen and painful joints
These symptoms can come and go through cycles, lasting days to weeks. The specific causes of psoriasis are still widely unknown, but you are at greater risk if you have type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, psoriatic arthritis, anxiety, or depression.