What is psoriasis, is it infectious, will my children get it if I have it?
Psoriasis is a red skin disease - often dry and scaley - which affects about 1 person in every 50 - in other words it is very common indeed - every bus load of people you see contains one present or future sufferer. Typical sites affected are the points of the elbows and knees, the scalp and sometimes the nails become irregular. The condition is not infective and you cannot give it to anyone in that sense. Psoriasis is to a large extent genetic and there is an approximate 1 in 10 chance of your child having it at some stage in their life. If both parents have psoriasis then this chance is increased.