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Autoimmune Disease Wiki: What is Psoriasis?

By Samantha Cowit

Affecting nearly 7.5 million Americans, psoriasis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases. This autoimmune disease sends out faulty signals that essentially speed up the production and growth of skin cells. It appears on all areas of the skin, however, is not at all contagious.


Psoriasis can appear anywhere on your body. From your lips and forehead, to your scalp, arms, and feet.


Psoriasis overall does not affect the male or female reproductive system. People who develop this autoimmune disease generally have a combination of genes which when exposed cause certain triggers. Some of these triggers include stress, injury to skin, medication, or even diet and allergies.


Depending on the severity of psoriasis there are several treatments to help with the disease. While most patients with moderate psoriasis (covering 3-10% of their body) are prescribed topical treatments, others endure phototherapy including biological drugs. With the warm weather quickly approaching the sun is also great for treating your psoriasis! Make sure you get plenty of vitamin D. By controlling your stress, body, and exercise you can create a healthy lifestyle not only for yourself but for your psoriasis as well.


National Psoriasis Foundation

Samantha Cowit-Autoimmune Ally

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Hi! My name is Samantha Cowit and I am 21 years old. I'm currently a student attending The Ohio State University pursuing my degree in Nutrition in Industry. I love everything that has to do with health, fitness, and nutrition. I have a passion for writing, communicating, and interacting with others. I love to cook and bake as well as hang out with friends and family!

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