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Psoriasis – It’s Complicated

Psoriasis is much more than skin deep. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system produces inflammation that damages healthy tissue. It is often associated with comorbidities, many of which are linked to chronic inflammation in the body, such as psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, metabolic syndrome and other immune-related conditions like Crohn’s disease and lymphoma.

Stigma

  • The perception of stigmatization that people living with psoriasis may experience, due the appearance of their skin, can lead to feelings of self-consciousness, embarrassment, unattractiveness, frustration, anger, helplessness, worry, lower self-esteem, social inhibition, vulnerability and rejection, with some even hiding their lesions behind clothes.

"When I'm experiencing a psoriasis flare-up, I've had people call me contagious and refuse to let me touch them. While I understand their fear, it's based on misinformation, ignorance and misunderstanding."
Cindy, Ontario resident living with psoriasis.

Depression

  • People with psoriasis report feelings of depression, feelings of unattractiveness, financial distress, professional difficulties, some even have suicidal thoughts.

Diabetes

  • Diabetes is commonly associated with psoriasis, along with obesity, and high blood pressure.

Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease - in essence; your joints are bombarded by an immune attack from your own immune system causing bruising, inflammation, swelling and joint pain.
  • Psoriatic arthritis is usually preceded by psoriasis.
  • Not all psoriasis cases lead to psoriatic arthritis.
  • For most cases, psoriatic arthritis develops slowly over time and spreads, causing painful joints and painful skin; but in rare cases it can have a rapid onset with high severity.
  • Like psoriasis, PsA can affect people differently.

Heart Disease

  • People with severe psoriasis are 58% more likely to have a major cardiac event and 43% more likely to suffer from a stroke.

"Fact – Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be spread from one person to another."

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