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Serious Health Conditions Linked to Psoriasis

Posted: March 10, 2009

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About psoriasis

Psoriasis affects nearly 7 million Americans and can start at any age, although it most commonly starts in early adulthood (20s and 30s). Psoriasis has a genetic component, as approximately 40% of patients with psoriasis have a family history of the disease. While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, it is believed to occur due to an interaction of multiple genes, the immune system and the environment, according to Dr. Gelfand. The disease can be localized, affecting only the elbows or scalp, or can involve skin on the entire body.

To learn more about psoriasis, visit the PsoriasisNet section of www.skincarephysicians.com, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is one of the largest, most influential and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 888-462-3376 or www.aad.org.