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Fast facts

  • Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease.

  • Psoriasis affects nearly 3 percent of the world's population.

  • It is not contagious. It can't be spread from one person to another.

  • It affects both females and males of all ages, genders, races and ethnicities.

  • There is no personality type associated with having psoriasis.

  • People who get psoriasis exhibit a wide range of symptoms that vary in severity.

  • Psoriasis may be physically painful. Inflamed lesions can crack open and bleed. Itching may be a constant problem. Or, psoriasis may not be painful or debilitating at all.

  • There are various treatments to manage the symptoms, but no one treatment is effective for everyone.

  • Although there are many treatments for psoriasis, many people still face a poor quality of life because treatments often don't work, are very expensive or may cause serious side effects.

  • Psoriasis goes through cycles: sometimes better, at other times worse.

  • A form of arthritis, called psoriatic arthritis, affects 30 to 50 percent of the people who have psoriasis.

  • There is no cure for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.

  • People may have very strong emotional reactions to having psoriasis, such as embarrassment, anger or sadness.

  • Sometimes people who have psoriasis are ridiculed or avoided by others because of their psoriasis. Educating people about psoriasis can help manage this aspect of the disease.

  • People need support to help them cope with living with psoriasis.

  • It is important that people who have psoriasis learn as much as possible about their skin disorder and understand that it is a medical problem.

  • Help to get rid of myths about psoriasis by educating the public with facts about the skin disorder.¬†

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Merck Serono
Merck Serono are the founding sponsors of World Psoriasis Day


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