Want the truth about psoriasis? Ask the people who live with it

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Want the truth about psoriasis? Ask the people who live with it

People with psoriasis share what is important to them about this disease.

I’ve lived with psoriasis for 20 years — and I’m not alone. Around 7.5 million people in the United States (2.6 percent of the population) are affected by psoriasis, which is characterized by red, inflamed patches of skin (fun, yeah?). While I’ve witnessed awareness of the disease improve in recent years, many frustrating (and often ridiculous) myths and misconceptions still exist. Here’s what I, as someone who lives with psoriasis, want you to know.

1. Psoriasis isn’t just a “skin condition”

Psoriasis might look like a skin condition, but it’s actually an autoimmune disorder that can affect the entire body. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, psoriasis develops when a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. This results in the formation of new skin cells in days rather than weeks. Because the body doesn’t shed these excess skin cells, they pile up on the surface of the skin, leading to those raised, red, scaly patches of psoriasis.

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