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Facts About Psoriasis
Facts about psoriasis

  • Psoriasis is an immune-mediated, inflammatory condition.
  • 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 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 condition and understand that it is a medical problem and seek medical counsel.
  • Severe psoriasis has been associated with risks for developing so called "comorbid" conditions, such as hypertension, the metabolic syndrome and liver disease, to name a few. It is therefore important to both monitor and treat psoriasis closely and efficiently.
  • Help to get rid of myths about psoriasis by educating the public with the facts!


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