- Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition affecting approximately 4.5 million people in the United States.
- Psoriasis occurs when new skin cells grow too rapidly, resulting in inflamed, swollen, scaly patches of skin in areas where the old skin has not shed quickly enough.
- Psoriasis can be limited to a few spots or can involve more extensive areas of the body, appearing most commonly on the scalp, knees, elbows and trunk.
- Psoriasis is not a contagious disease.
- Psoriasis can strike people at any age, but the average age of onset is approximately 28 years. It affects both men and women, with a slightly higher prevalence in women than in men.
- Approximately 30 percent of people with psoriasis are estimated to have moderate-to-severe forms of the disease.
- Psoriasis can be a physically and emotionally painful condition. It often results in physical limitations, disfiguration and a significant burden in managing the daily care of the disease. Psoriasis sufferers may feel embarrassed, angry, frustrated, fearful, depressed and, in some cases, even suicidal.
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