Psoriasis affects approximately 2% of African-Americans and 3.6% of Caucasians living in the United States today. It is a genetically-inherited skin condition that results in red, scaly patches on the skin.
Psoriasis can be a very mild, self-limited disease or it can be very severe, or anywhere in-between. There are many effective treatments for psoriasis available today.
We now know that psoriasis is a multi-system disease, which means that it affects organs other than just the skin. For example, we know now that patients with psoriasis are at greater risk for heart disease and depression. It is important to seek care to manage this complex condition.
If you are interested in learning more, the National Psoriasis Foundation offers a wealth of resources for people with psoriasis!