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Psoriasis affects everything
I recently read a newspaper article, the title of which was the same as the title I've used for this post. As a disability examiner, I occasionally came across cases in which psoriasis was listed as an impairment. However, reading this article has given me some appreciation for how debilitating psoriasis can be. Kim Painter (the author of the article which I referred to) had it right--psoriasis affects nearly everything.
Here's a list of factoids regarding psoriasis:
1. Approximately seven million americans have psoriasis, 600,000 of which have severe cases of psoriasis.
2. Psoriasis patients often have other risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
3. At age forty, patients with psoriasis are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack than individuals of the same age who do not have psoriasis.
4. Up to thirty percent of psoriasis patients suffer from a related form of arthritis.
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