What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a serious, non-communicable disease that impacts more than 125 million people around the world. While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, we do know that many factors play a role in severity and treatment, such as environment, immune systems, and genetics. Those affected have a greatly increased risk for comorbid NCDs like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, reducing quality of life and generating higher costs for health systems. Psoriasis rates continue to rise each year and with them, the devastating mental, emotional, social, and economic tolls of the disease on individuals and their communities. It is not only a skin condition, but a chronic, disabling NCD that merits inclusion in global and national NCD prevention and control efforts. Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory form of arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in and around the joints, cause nail changes and overall fatigue.