Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic disease of the immune system that most often appears on the skin as painful, raised, red, itchy patches. Men and women develop psoriasis at equal rates, and the disease occurs in all racial groups, however at varying rates. Psoriasis is not contagious. It is not something one can “catch” from another person as psoriasis lesions are not infectious.
Living with psoriatic disease can be an everyday battle—from aches and pains, exhaustion, risk of comorbid conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, to dealing with the stigma associated with such a visual disease. The best way for patients to fight this battle is to fully understand the physical and emotional impact and the various treatment options available for managing psoriatic disease.