Psoriasis is a chronic disease that affects 125 million people worldwide and almost 8 million Americans. Recent studies indicate that nearly 60% of psoriasis patients said their disease was a large problem in their everyday life. Grammy Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes just announced that she is a lifelong psoriasis sufferer. She hopes to bring more attention to this skin disease so that more people are aware of the physical and emotional effects of psoriasis.
According to People.com, Rimes, 26, was diagnosed with the chronic autoimmune disease at age 2. By age 6 she was covered in red, scaly patches that would crack and bleed. “Not only does that take a physical toll on your body, but it takes an emotional toll,” Rimes tells PEOPLE. “I was very self-conscious.”
125 million people worldwide have psoriasis, including 5.8 to 7.5 million Americans.1
Both men and women are affected by psoriasis, with a slightly higher prevalence among women.2
Psoriasis imposes a significant financial burden on the individual and the healthcare system – overall costs of treating the disease may exceed $3 billion annually in the US.3
For most people, psoriasis has a significant and unfavorable impact on quality of life. Recent studies indicate the following:
Nearly 60% of patients said their disease was a large problem in their everyday life.4
Patients with psoriasis covering more of their body experience a greater negative impact on their quality of life.5
Psoriasis had a greater impact on quality of life in women and younger patients.5
Many people who suffer from psoriasis have a low level of satisfaction with their treatment options. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation Benchmark Survey:
Nearly 80 percent of persons who were very dissatisfied with their treatment did not have severe disease.1
Psoriasis often appears between the ages of 15 and 25, but can develop at any age.1
About 75% of psoriasis patients have a mild form of the disease.
Nearly 25% of patients suffer from moderate to severe psoriasis.