Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis - Some facts

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Psoriasis

Affects 2-3% UK population about 2 million people
50% have nail changes 1 million people
10-20% get psoriatic arthritis 400,000 people
Not contagious
Affects both men and women
Can get it at any age (most common age, between 10-40 yrs)
Rarer in children under 10, but does occur
Can itch
Looks sore, scaly. Red and can bleed if picked
No cure
Cause unknown but is hereditary

Treatments

Topical creams ointments (emollients, steroids, tar), Ultra Violet light, Strong toxic drugs.

Outlook

Poor quality of life, discrimination, life-long treatments and therapy, increased risk of other conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease

Psoriatic Arthritis

10-20% of people with psoriasis get psoriatic arthritis 400,000 people
Can affect not only joints but tendons and connective tissue
In severe case 5% can be very destructive 20,000 people
Can cause disability and affect mobility
No cure
Cause unknown but is hereditary
Can affect children but rare
Can get it at any age (most common age, between 10-40 yrs)
Increased risk with severe psoriasis

Treatments

Pain relief, anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, Strong toxic drugs.

Outlook

Poor quality of life, discrimination, life-long treatments and therapy, increased risk of other conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, disability and loss of mobility.