4 Important Things to Know If You Have a Psoriasis Comorbidity

February 15, 2021

Hand with psoriasis

About 125 million people worldwide are living with psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. And many of them are also dealing with other health concerns. In fact, having psoriasis puts you at higher risk of having other chronic conditions.

[1] Paying Close Attention to Your Symptoms Is Essential

If you have a comorbidity, you’re likely dealing with recurrent chronic symptoms beyond your psoriasis. These symptoms may flare with your skin disease or they may flare on their own. Depending on your comorbidity, you may experience joint pain, diarrhea, constipation, eye pain, eye redness, or blurred vision, says Adam Luber, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at U.S. Dermatology Partners in Phoenix, Arizona.

It’s important to get checked out if you’re experiencing any new, persistent symptoms. If you get diagnosed with a comorbidity, you should regularly see a healthcare provider who specializes in treating that condition—in addition to the doctor who’s treating your psoriasis.

For instance, Paviol explains that untreated psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent damage to a person’s joints, so it’s important joint pain is evaluated, diagnosed, and treated as quickly as possible, before too much damage can occur.

“In addition, people with psoriasis are at a higher risk for heart attacks, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, as well,” says Paviol. “It really requires a team approach and a long-term treatment plan to best help the patient.”

Source: KOPA for Psoriasis – 4 Important Things to Know If You Have a Psoriasis Comorbidity

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