Last night on the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kadashians, Kim Kardashian revealed that she had been diagnosed with the skin disease psoriasis. While psoriasis is becoming better understood and better diagnosed, there's still a lot to learn about the disease. Read on for the five things you need to know about the skin disease psoriasis!
What is Psoriasis? 5 Things to Know:
1. More people have it then you think. An estimated 7 million Americans suffer from psoriasis. And one of them is Lee Ann Rimes, who has been public in her battle against the skin disease.
2. It's hereditary. While it's not fully understood, psoriasis does seem to run in families. Kim's mother Kris Jenner also has the eczema-like condition.
3. Psoriasis can vary in its severity. For some people, psoriasis is just any annoying skin condition like eczema. For other people though, it's truly disabling, especially when associated with arthritis. While there is no cure for psoriasis, certain lifestyle measures, such as using a nonprescription cortisone cream and staying out of the sun, can help reduce psoriasis flare-ups.
4. The symptoms vary. Psoriasis symptoms are a different for different people. Generally though, they are the following, according to the Mayo Clinic:
Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
Small scaling spots
Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
Itching, burning or soreness
Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
Swollen and stiff joints
5. It's been linked to other disease. Psoriasis has been linked to other serious medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression, which is why treatment is so important.
If you think you might have symptoms of psoriasis, be sure to see your doctor or a dermatologist!