Psoriatic Disease

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are forms of psoriatic disease, a systemic autoimmune condition

Psoriatic disease is a collective term for multiple manifestations of psoriasis which can affect the skin (including nails, scalp, palms and soles), joints and spine.

It is an autoimmune condition, where the immune system is overactive and targets the body’s own healthy tissue as if it is fighting a foreign infection.

The body’s response to the attack is inflammation or swelling.

Psoriatic disease is systemic – meaning it can act throughout the body – but the immune system typically targets the skin cells, which results in skin plaques of psoriasis, and cells in the joints, causing the swelling and pain of psoriatic arthritis.

The inflammation associated with psoriatic disease increases the risk of other conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The immune response in psoriasis can be triggered by environmental, infectious or genetic factors. Several options are available to help manage the condition, regardless of the cause.

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