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Is psoriasis an autoimmune disease?

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Experts believe psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. That means your body thinks its own tissues are foreign invaders that must be attacked. It also means that, unlike a simple rash, you can't get rid of it with an over-the-counter skin treatment.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health RePORT: “Psoriasis.” 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Autoimmune Diseases,”  “Psoriasis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Medscape: "Psoriasis and Susceptibility to Other Autoimmune Diseases.” 

Drugs : "Managing Patients with Psoriatic Disease: The Diagnosis and Pharmacologic Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis in Patients with Psoriasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis: Signs and Symptoms."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "The Challenge of Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions.” 

Cleveland Clinic: "The 9 Best Ways to Be a Better Patient."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health RePORT: “Psoriasis.” 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Autoimmune Diseases,”  “Psoriasis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Medscape: "Psoriasis and Susceptibility to Other Autoimmune Diseases.” 

Drugs : "Managing Patients with Psoriatic Disease: The Diagnosis and Pharmacologic Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis in Patients with Psoriasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis,” “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

American Academy of Dermatology: "Psoriasis: Signs and Symptoms."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "The Challenge of Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions.” 

Cleveland Clinic: "The 9 Best Ways to Be a Better Patient."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 28, 2019

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