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10 Facts about Psoriasis #WorldPsoriasisDay

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Here are 10 facts about Psoriasis

  1. Psoriasis affects nearly 3 percent of the world's population (IFPA)
  2. Psoriasis is not contagious. It can't be spread from one person to another. (IFPA)
  3. There are 5 forms of psoriasis: Plaque Psoriasis, Guttate, Pustular, Inverse, and  Erythrodermic (Psor)
  4. Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body. However the most common sites of psoriasis are the scalp, elbows and knees (MyPso)
  5. Psoriasis can occur at any age and both men and women are equally affected (MyPso)
  6. Psoriasis usually appears as red elevated plaques with silvery scales at various locations on the body.(MyPso)
  7. Psoriasis can come and go at any time. (MyPso)
  8. Psoriasis may be physically painful. Inflamed lesions can crack open and bleed. Itching may be a constant problem. Or, psoriasis may not be painful or debilitating at all. (IFPA)
  9. There is no cure for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. (IFPA)
  10. There are various treatments to manage the symptoms, but no one treatment is effective for everyone.  (IFPA)

Sources:

International Federation of Psoriasis Associations. 29 October 2015. http://www.ifpa-pso.org/web/page.aspx?refid=47 (IFPA)

MyPsoriasis. 29 October 2015. http://www.mypsoriasis.ie/Home/Learn-about-Psoriasis/Ten-Facts-about-Psoriasis.aspx (MyPso)

Psoriasis.org. 29 October 2015. https://www.psoriasis.org/teens/about-psoriasis (Psor)

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