Dr. David Smart explains psoriasis and how it can actually be a signifier of issues elsewhere in the body.">

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Aug 4, 2017 — Psoriasis affects about two percent of all Americans. It causes pink raised patches of skin with silvery scaling, typically on the elbows. On today's Health Minute, dermatologist Dr. David Smart explains psoriasis and how it can actually be a signifier of issues elsewhere in the body.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Today on define the disease, psoriasis. Dermatologist, Dr. David Smart, what is psoriasis?

Dr. Smart: Psoriasis is more complicated than just a normal rash. Psoriasis is a disease that affects multiple systems in the body, but usually presents in the skin.

Interviewer: All right. And what does it look like.

Dr. Smart: Psoriasis looks like these pink, raised patches of skin with silvery scales that flake off. And it's usually found on the elbows, but it can be anywhere on the skin.

Interviewer: All right. And you said it's more than a rash. What do you mean by that?

Dr. Smart: It can very frequently be associated with cardiovascular disease, arthritis, or more serious health problems than just a rash.

Interviewer: So treating, it's important beyond just how your skin looks?

Dr. Smart: Treating it is very important. You want to go see your dermatologist. And it's important to remember, as well, that psoriasis is very common. About 2% of all Americans suffer from it, and it is genetic, it can be inherited.

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