Many doctors think psoriasis is cosmetic condition, but it’s actually caused by the immune system. Failure to diagnose it properly can can lead to serious health complications including an increased risk for heart disease.
Although psoriasis affects the skin and the nails, it is actually an immune-mediated condition rather than a skin condition.
For many people, this can lead to a misdiagnosis or undertreatment of psoriasis, which can lead to serious health complications including an increased risk for heart disease. Fortunately, there are many new medications that can help treat skin symptoms and related medical conditions to help those with psoriasis.
Here’s what the latest research shows about the link between psoriasis and your cardiovascular health.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin condition caused by the immune system. It is not contagious. The symptoms seen on the skin include dry, red, flaky patches on the arms, legs, elbows, knees and scalp. These occur because your immune system mistakenly triggers your skin to produce new skin cells too quickly. This results in a buildup of cells on the surface of your skin, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
The skin rash is not the only symptom of psoriasis. It can also cause joint stiffness, inflamed tendons, and an increased risk of health complications such as heart disease, psoriatic arthritis and metabolic syndrome, a cardiovascular condition.
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