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PSORIASIS FACTS

UNDERSTANDING PsORIASIS

What is it?

Although psoriasis appears on the skin as raised, red, scaly patches, it's important to understand that psoriasis is not just a skin condition; it is a chronic disease of the immune system.

There are 5 different types of psoriasis, including guttate, inverse, pustular, erythrodermic, and the most common, plaque psoriasis.

How does the immune system impact plaque psoriasis?

In people with plaque psoriasis, specific components of the immune system overreact, causing skin cells to grow too quickly. When skin cells build up, they form raised, scaly patches, known as plaques.

Plaques can appear anywhere on the body, but are typically found on the elbows, knees, back, and scalp. The most common symptoms of skin plaques are scaling, itchiness, and pain.

of people report itchiness that interferes with sleep

of people report pain and discomfort that impacts sleep and mood

  • 70%-90% of people report itchiness that interferes with sleep
  • 42% of people report pain and discomfort that impacts sleep and mood

HOW DO I KNOW HOW SEVERE MY PsORIASIS IS?

Plaque psoriasis can be mild, moderate, or severe, and affects each person differently. While there are several ways to determine the severity, two of the most common are:

Impact to body surface area (BSA):

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Mild

Less than 3%

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Moderate

From 3% to 10%

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Severe

Greater than 10%

Mild: Less than 3%

Moderate: From 3% to 10%

Severe: Greater than 10%

Note: The surface area of your hand equals about 1% of your BSA. But location matters. Even if your psoriasis only covers a small part of your body, such as your face, scalp, hands, feet, or genital area, your psoriasis could be considered more severe.

Impact on quality of life:

  • 94% of people say that the disease impacts their daily life
  • Many feel self-conscious, embarrassed, and isolated
  • Many suffer from feelings of anxiety over the inconvenience of their disease
  • 38% of people report that physical intimacy is impaired

Studies have shown that psoriasis can have a greater impact on quality of life than other, more severe diseases, such as cancer and hypertension.

Even if your current medication is treating some of the physical symptoms of your condition, it's important to talk to your doctor if your psoriasis is impacting your life in other ways. Being open and honest can help your doctor determine the severity of your condition, so that together you can properly manage it.

LIVING WITH PsORIASIS

What causes psoriasis?

There are several known causes and triggers of psoriasis, starting with genetics. About one-third of people with psoriasis have a family member with the disease. But researchers believe that it takes a combination of genes and exposure to certain external triggers for a person to develop psoriasis.

Triggers are different for each person, but some of the most common include:

  • Certain bacterial infections, such as Staphylococcus (staph)
  • Stress
  • Injury to skin, including sunburns, scratches, or cuts
  • Medications, like those used to treat depression, heart conditions, and blood pressure
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Helpful Resources

In addition to the PsO Me Community, there are several sites and forums that offer educational content and support resources, including

National Psoriasis Foundation

TalkPsoriasis — a National Psoriasis Foundation community

The Listening Project

We asked real people living with psoriasis to creatively express the physical and emotional burden of their condition. The result was a very powerful and revealing art initiative.

Helpful Resources

In addition to the PsO Me Community, there are several sites and forums that offer educational content and support resources, including

National Psoriasis Foundation

TalkPsoriasis — a National Psoriasis Foundation community

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