4 Important Things to Know If You Have a Psoriasis Comorbidity

By Leah Campbell
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
May 02, 2022

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.

If you’re dealing with health issues that go beyond your psoriasis, there are some important things you should know that can help you to manage all your conditions and to better work with your doctors to help you find the best and safest treatments to keep your total health in check.