Psoriasis complications and side-effects
What are the complications for your general health of having psoriasis?
If you have psoriasis, you are at a much greater risk of developing
- psoriatic arthritis
- eye conditions
- type 2 diabetes
- high blood pressure
- cardiovascular disease
- metabolic syndrome
- other autoimmune diseases
- Parkinson’s disease and
- kidney disease
Also, psoriasis can significantly affect your quality of life by increasing your risk of low self-esteem, depression, social isolation and problems at work which of course can reflect in your comprehensive income and ability to get on in society. Because psoriasis is unpleasant to have and also looks uncomfortable, people with psoriasis are often stigmatised by those around them which leads to the vicious circle of low self-esteem, depression, and social isolation.
Medical psoriasis complications are necessary to avoid and then deal with if they appear. The psychological and social knock on effect is serious.
If you think that you have psoriasis or if you believe you may be developing symptoms of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, eye problems, etc. you should see the Dermatologist Jennifer Crawley here at Clinica London urgently for her assessment and advice.
In this blog, I am going to concentrate on medical psoriasis complications and side effects.
Psoriatic arthritis is joint damage and loss of function with a stiffness which can lead to loss of mobility.
Certain eye conditions
Eye conditions, such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis, and uveitis are found to be more common in people with psoriasis.
People with psoriasis often have obesity, particularly those with the more severe diseases associated with obesity. It is not clear how these conditions of obesity and psoriasis are linked; however, the inflammation link to obesity may play a role in the development of psoriasis, or it may be that people with psoriasis are more likely to gain weight because they are less active because of their psoriasis.
There is a condition called metabolic syndrome which is a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, abnormal cholesterol and marked obesity which increases the risk of heart disease. People with psoriasis have an increased risk of metabolic syndrome.
Type 2 diabetes
There is an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in people with psoriasis and the more severe psoriasis, the greater the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. Remember this is also linked to obesity as is high blood pressure.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure occurs more commonly in people with psoriasis.
The risk of heart attack is almost three times greater for those with psoriasis than those without psoriasis. The risk of arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats and stroke is also higher in those with psoriasis than in others. That could be either due to the excess inflammation or the increased risk of their associated obesity and the other risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as the type mentioned above two diabetes and high blood pressure. Some psoriasis treatments may even cause abnormal cholesterol levels and increase the risk of hardened arteries and hence cardiovascular disease and risk of stroke.
Other autoimmune diseases
The incidence of other autoimmune diseases is more frequent in patients with psoriasis than those without psoriasis. These include coeliac disease, sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s).
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic neurological condition which is more likely to occur in people with psoriasis.
Moderate to severe psoriasis has been linked to a higher risk of kidney disease.