psoriasis affects the body
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Patches may itch, burn, or sting. The most common places include the elbows, knees, and scalp.
Patches on the skin
People living with psoriasis may develop an inflammatory form of arthritis, known as psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis affects about 30% of people with psoriasis.
• Cardiovascular disease
• Increased blood sugar
• Increased risk of stroke
• Type 2 diabetes
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
People with psoriasis may be at higher risk for:
Increased risk of other health issues
Psoriatic patches that occur on the scalp can lead to hair loss. Once treatment has cleared a patch of scalp psoriasis, the hair in that area should regrow.
Psoriasis can occur around the nail beds. When this happens, the nails can become brittle or crumbly, or they may not grow back.
Research shows a link between psoriasis and depression. It appears that the severity of psoriasis can lead to increased depression and vice versa.
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Chamoun, A., et al. (2015). Psoriasis and depression [Abstract]. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25856968/
Psoriasis. (2020). https://www.cdc.gov/psoriasis/index.htm
Rachakonda, T. D., et al. (2014). Psoriasis prevalence among adults in the United States [Abstract]. https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(13)01268-1/fulltext
Related conditions of psoriasis. (2020). https://www.psoriasis.org/related-conditions/
Sahi, F.M., et al. (2020). Association between psoriasis and depression: A traditional review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7489316/
Scalp psoriasis: 10 ways to reduce hair loss. (n.d.).
What is nail psoriasis, and how can I treat it? (n.d.). https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/psoriasis/treatment/genitals/nails
palms of the hands
soles of the feet