National Psoriasis Foundation

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Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA):

Serious Autoimmune Diseases That Affect More Than Skin and Joints

  • Psoriasis increases risk for heart attack, heart disease and stroke, as well as diabetes, obesity and depression.
  • Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting 7.5 million Americans.
  • 35% with moderate to severe psoriasis are untreated. 1/3 of psoriasis patients and 90 percent of PsA patients report their disease is a large problem in everyday life.
  • 52% of patients are dissatisfied with current treatment.
  • High rate of undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis. Nearly one in four people withpsoriasis may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis
  • Studies show that the more severe psoriasis is, the greater the risk of serious events, such as heart attack.


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