This video forms part of a 7-part video series on Understanding Psoriasis.
This is the 1st video in the series.
TRANSCRIPT: Anyone can get psoriasis, but it occurs more often in adults. In many cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Certain genes have been linked to the disease. Men and women get psoriasis at about the same rate and it affects more than 3 percent of the United States population, or more than 5 million adults. Psoriasis can be hard to diagnose because it can look like other skin diseases. The doctor might need to look at a small skin sample under a microscope. Psoriasis is definitely not contagious and is most certainly not caused by poor hygiene.
Individuals with psoriasis may experience significant physical discomfort and some disability. Itching and pain can interfere with basic functions, such as self-care, walking and sleep. Plaques on hands and feet can prevent individuals from working at certain occupations, playing some sports, and caring for family members. The frequency of medical care is costly and can interfere with an employment or school schedule. People with moderate to severe psoriasis may feel self-conscious about their appearance and have a poor self-image that stems from fear of public rejection and psychosexual concerns. Psychological distress can lead to significant depression and social isolation.
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