Obesity or Psoriasis: What Comes First?
Psoriasis is a polygenic chronic inflammatory skin disease. A large proportion (20%‑30%) of psoriasis patients suffer from joint involvement (psoriatic arthritis) that mainly affects the distal extremities but also attacks the larger joints. Plaque-type psoriasis, the most common disease variant, is seen in ~85% of cases and commonly manifests as dull-red, erythematous, scaly plaques particularly on the extensor surfaces of the elbows, knees, and scalp. Less common psoriasis subtypes include pustular, guttate, inverse, erythrodermic, and palmoplantar
@diptangshu In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is worth pointing out that even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still does not include individuals with psoriasis or other autoimmune diseases among those at high risk for COVID-19, many psoriasis patients present with associated comorbidities, such as obesity and diabetes, which put them at greater risk of getting severely ill, or dying, from COVID-19.