10 Surprising Facts About Psoriasis

Correcting Misconceptions About a Common Condition

Psoriasis is a largely treatable and often misunderstood condition. It affects men and women about equally, and more than 5 million adults deal with the itching and soreness of the skin disorder—about 2% of the U.S. population. As common as psoriasis is, many false perceptions about the condition persist. Here are some facts about psoriasis you may not know.

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