Fast Facts about Psoriasis

Fast Facts about Psoriasis

Fast Facts about Psoriasis

Psoriasis is often not even considered in children because the average age of onset is 28 years.

Roughly 80 million people suffer from psoriasis.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, between 150,000 and 260,000 new cases are identified each year in the United States.

5% to 10% of people with psoriasis also experience the swollen hands and feet of psoriatic arthritis.

Each year, about 400 people in the United States die from complications of psoriasis.

In the United States, between $1.6 billion and $3.2 billion is spent on psoriasis every year.

For children whose psoriasis is triggered by throat infections, or made worse following strep or impetigo, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy may be an option.

People who bathe in the salt water of the Dead Sea in natural sunlight have been noted to have dramatic improvement of their psoriasis.

Reviewed by: Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, Alan Greene
Last reviewed: November 01, 2001
Dr. Alan Greene

Article written by

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.