Facts about psoriasis
Important 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.
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