Who Can Get Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is seen worldwide, in all races, and both sexes, in approximately 125 million people. It currently affects roughly 7.5 million to 8.5 million people in the U.S. Interestingly, African Americans have about half the rate of psoriasis as Caucasians.
Although psoriasis can be seen in people of any age, from babies to seniors, most commonly patients are first diagnosed in their early adult years. Some people have such mild psoriasis (small, faint dry skin patches) that they may not even suspect that they have a medical skin condition. Others have very severe psoriasis where virtually their entire body is fully covered with thick, red, scaly skin. Psoriasis is considered a non-curable, long-term (chronic) skin condition. It has a variable course, periodically improving and worsening.