Psoriasis

Psoriasis facts

  • Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease.
  • Patients with psoriasis who are obese are predisposed to diabetes and heart disease.
  • Psoriasis can be initiated by certain environmental triggers.
  • A predisposition for psoriasis is inherited in genes.
  • Psoriasis is not contagious.
  • Psoriasis gets better and worse spontaneously and can have periodic remissions (clear skin).
  • Psoriasis is controllable with medication.
  • Psoriasis is currently not curable.
  • There are many promising therapies, including newer biologic drugs.
  • Future research for psoriasis is promising.

Reviewed on 5/2/2014