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Psoriasis facts

  • Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease.
  • Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis.
  • Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are more common in people with psoriasis.
  • Psoriasis can be initiated by certain environmental triggers.
  • A predisposition for psoriasis is inherited in genes.
  • Although symptoms and signs vary, they include red, scaling plaques of itchy, elevated skin affecting the elbows, knees and scalp.
  • 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 new therapies, including newer biologic drugs.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/23/2017

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/psoriasis/article.htm

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