The scaling and inflammation that appears on the skin with psoriasis can be red, painful, and even feel hot to the touch. This skin disease causes skin turnover to happen in a few days instead of over the course of a month and these patches can appear anywhere on the body. Anyone can get psoriasis, but it happens more often in adults than in children. It affects men and women about equally. That is why every August, Psoriasis Awareness Month helps to provide a greater awareness to this skin condition.
Psoriasis Is the Most Prevalent Autoimmune Disease in the US
On a global scale, about 125 million people are believed to be affected by psoriasis. In the United States, about 2% of the total population, or 7.5 million people, are affected by this disorder. Those figures make psoriasis the most common autoimmune disease in the US.
Many may think of psoriasis as an aesthetic issue, but it can directly interfere with someone’s life. 60% of people who have been diagnosed with psoriasis say that the disease has had a negative impact on their life. Part of the reason behind this issue is that fact that 10-30% of cases wind up also causing psoriatic arthritis, which can create painful swelling in the joints.
Psoriasis may appear as early as age 15, but psoriatic arthritis typically develops between the ages of 30-50. Psoriasis is considered mild if it only affects 3% or less of the body. Up to 10% is considered moderate and anything of that is considered severe.
The Total Cost of Care for Psoriasis: $135 Billion
It will cost up to $26,000 per year per patient to treat a psoriasis condition in direct and indirect costs, even when the autoimmune disease is considered to be mild. The average worker who has psoriasis will miss 26 days of work every year because of their illness.
Psoriasis also tends to run in families, which means the fact that 1 in 3 people who know a relative with this autoimmune disease is troubling information. That’s why Psoriasis Awareness Month is so important. A child with one parent who has psoriasis has a 10% chance of having it themselves, but when both parents have the disease, the chances jump to 50/50.
Psoriasis is a sometimes painful disease that can be very costly to treat. With early interventions during flare-ups and other treatments available at a moment’s notice, however, the impact that psoriasis has can be reduced.