This video forms part of a 7-part video series on Understanding Psoriasis.
This is the 1st video in the series.
TRANSCRIPT: In the past, physicians would classify psoriasis by body surface area - the amount of a person's skin that the disease covered. Less than 3 percent affected was termed a mild case. 3 to 10 percent was a moderate case. And more than 10 percent was considered a severe case. Instead of identifying the severity of psoriasis solely by its extent, Doctors are now urged to consider other factors such as the location and specific type of psoriasis, the level of treatment required and the impact of the disease on a patient's quality of life.
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.
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