The Psoriasis Connection

The red, flaky skin patches that are the hallmarks of often embarrassing skin condition known as psoriasis may be more than irritating to its sufferers.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a startling correlation between the severity of psoriasis cases with the onset of other health problems including heart and lung diseases, mild liver disease, kidney disease, peptic ulcers, vascular illnesses and rheumtatological disorders, they reported recently in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

While the research did not establish as cause-and-effect relationship between psoriasis and other conditions; the findings indicating that psoriasis sufferers seem to develop other problems when their cases are serious may be helpful to them and their doctors to monitor their overall health, researchers said.