Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.
Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. Psoriasis has been linked to other serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and depression. About 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis.
Treatment can have a significant impact on your quality of life.
The more you know about psoriasis, the more able you are to make good health care decisions. Learn more about psoriasis »
Treating your psoriasis is critical to good disease management and overall health. What works for one person may or may not work for you. Learn more about the different treatment options »
Research continues to show a link between psoriasis and several other serious health conditions known as "comorbidities," such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression. About 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis. Read more about comorbidities »
Treating psoriasis in women requires extra considerations, especially if you are planning to become pregnant or are nursing. Studies show psoriasis has a significant impact on the emotional health of women. Learn more about women and psoriasis »
Health care providers are becoming more aware of the impact psoriasis can have on a person's quality of life. Researchers are focused more now than ever on finding solutions to those challenges. Read more about life with psoriasis »