Medically reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
About 125 million people worldwide are living with psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. And many of them are also dealing with other health concerns. In fact, having psoriasis puts you at higher risk of having other chronic conditions.
“Psoriasis is a multiorgan, chronic, autoinflammatory condition that affects much more than our skin,” explains Scott Paviol, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at PHC Paviol Dermatology in Charlotte, North Carolina. “There is more and more emerging data that link psoriasis with psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, lymphoma, uveitis, and psychiatric disorders,” he says, including depression and anxiety.