When Psoriasis Is Dangerous

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Evelyn Creekmore

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If you’ve been diagnosed with psoriasis, it’s important to take care of yourself and follow a treatment plan. Psoriasis is a disease caused by a mis-fire in the immune system, not just a skin condition like acne.

With psoriasis, new skin cells grow much faster than they should — over a period of days, not months. These skin cells pile up into patches that may itch or hurt. Many people don’t realize psoriasis can affect the whole body because psoriasis is often diagnosed by a dermatologist.

Since psoriasis is a whole-body disease, it increases the risk of more serious conditions, including psoriatic arthritis (swollen, painful joints), atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries), high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Some types of psoriasis are also more dangerous than others. Gain a better understanding of the type of psoriasis you have and know what to watch out for when it comes to related conditions. Then, have a talk with your doctor about your psoriasis as part of your overall health.

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