Can psoriasis be life threatening?
Psoriasis can be unattractive and uncomfortable at times, but it's not usually life-threatening. For about 80 percent of people with this chronic inflammatory skin disease, the condition is mild, and the itching and scratching can probably be controlled with good skin care and a commitment to your treatment plan.
Although rare, chest pain and shortness of breath can be symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. These might happen when the chest wall and the cartilage that links your ribs to your breastbone get inflamed. Even more rarely, your lungs or your aorta (the large blood vessel that leaves your heart) could be affected.
- From cartilage breakdown to muscle inflammation – problems that may be to blame for back pain. Many forms of arthritis and related conditions that affect the joints, muscles and/or bones can cause problems like pain, stiffness and swelling in the back.
- Viruses, bacteria and fungi — such as tuberculosis, syphilis and aspergillosis — can infect the rib joint. Tumors. Noncancerous and cancerous tumors can cause costochondritis. Cancer might travel to the joint from another part of the body, such as the breast, thyroid or lung.
- take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen – avoid taking ibuprofen for 48 hours after your injury as it may slow down healing.
- hold an ice pack (or bag of frozen peas in a tea towel) to the affected ribs regularly in the first few days to bring down swelling.
- rest and take time off work if you need to.
Having mild psoriasis was not associated with an increased risk of death, and the researchers did not have information on causes of death. But researcher Joel M. Gelfand, MD, says the findings make it clear that patients with severe psoriasis are at greater risk than has been realized.
- A: Although psoriasis is a chronic long term condition with no cure, it can be controlled and go into remission (go away). Not all people will be affected in the same way and doctors will class the condition as mild, moderate or severe. On this site you will find all the different treatments that you may be offered.
- Psoriasis is a common and chronic incurable but treatable skin disorder. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form and appears as elevated plaques of red skin covered with silvery scale that may itch or burn. A significant percentage of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.
- Having mild psoriasis was not associated with an increased risk of death, and the researchers did not have information on causes of death. But researcher Joel M. Gelfand, MD, says the findings make it clear that patients with severe psoriasis are at greater risk than has been realized.
Pustular and erythrodermic psoriasis are the rarest and the most dangerous. While they can occur independently, patients who develop them generally have plaque psoriasis. They are potentially fatal because they compromise the body's ability to ward off infections and control body temperature.
- Psoriasis shows up in the skin and nails — but immune system abnormalities cause the disease, and they can damage internal organs as well. Arthritis. Up to 25% of patients with psoriasis develop joint inflammation. In some cases, the arthritis can precede the skin involvement.
- If you have psoriasis and have experienced pain, stiffness, or swelling in and around your joints, you may be experiencing symptoms of a psoriasis-related disease called psoriatic arthritis, or PsA. PsA is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects both your skin and your joints.
- Scalp psoriasis itself doesn't cause hair loss, but scratching a lot or very hard, picking at the scaly spots, harsh treatments, and the stress that goes along with the condition can lead to temporary hair loss. Fortunately, your hair usually grows back after your skin clears.
Updated: 28th September 2018