Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.
There are five types of psoriasis. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells.
● Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body
● Psoriasis is not contagious.
● Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.
Health Conditions Associated with Psoriasis
Individuals with psoriasis are at an elevated risk to develop other chronic and serious health conditions also known as “comorbid diseases” or “comorbidities.” These include heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes. People with more severe cases of psoriasis have an increased incidence of psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, depression, obesity, and other immune-related conditions such as Crohn’s disease.
Sourced in part from: National Psoriasis Foundation/USA