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Psoriasis vs. lupus: Similarities and differences

Psoriasis and lupus are autoimmune conditions that can affect the skin.

Psoriasis and lupus are both autoimmune conditions that can affect people’s skin. Although they share some symptoms, they are separate disorders.

It is possible for a person to have both lupus and psoriasis, or psoriatic arthritis. The treatments and complications are different for each disorder.

In this article, we take a close look at the similarities and differences between psoriasis and lupus, including the symptoms, causes, and treatments. We also cover what happens when people have both conditions.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects a person’s skin.

Psoriasis causes the skin cells to reproduce at an abnormally fast rate. This leads to a build-up of skin cells on some parts of the body, and red, scaly patches can appear.

The areas of the body that psoriasis most commonly affects include:

  • scalp
  • knees
  • elbows

People with psoriasis typically experience periodic flares throughout their lifetime. However, each of these flares will subside, and symptoms can remain minimal for extended periods between them.

What is lupus?

Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus, is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body’s tissues, resulting in damage.

This damage can affect almost any of the body’s systems, including:

  • skin
  • joints
  • organs

This chronic condition has no cure, but treatment can help people manage the symptoms.

Read on: Psoriasis vs. lupus: Similarities and differences

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