Kristin Donahue Talks About a Study Examining the Impact Under the Skin
What impact does psoriasis have below the skin?
Though it's technically a dermatologic disease, psoriasis can wreak havoc internally. In fact, it's very common for people with psoriasis to experience complications with internal organs.
Though it shows up on the skin, psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. When the immune system is triggered into creating plaques, it can also be triggered into targeting the organs and causing internal inflammation.
Kristin Donahue was searching for answers about her psoriasis when she came across new studies stating the link between psoriasis and cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Then, after reading an article by Dr. Nehal N. Mehta discussing his research on psoriasis and internal inflammation, she began to think more about the consequences of this disease.
She became involved in Mehta's study looking into the connection between psoriasis and internal inflammation. Mehta proposed that inflammation associated with psoriasis can also be found under the skin, in the blood vessels, liver, and joints, which can put psoriasis sufferers at risk for cardiovascular disease, among other concerns.