“I don’t want to overly alarm people,” Gelfand said. “If you have psoriasis, you should see a physician and go through a screening to make sure you don’t have other cardiovascular risk factors.” The information is particularly relevant for those in their 30’s and 40’s, for whom the relative risk was increased most significantly with severe psoriasis. The skin disease posed less of an increased risk for older patients, with risk near baseline for patients in their 70’s.
Psoriasis has also been found in studies to be aided by weight loss, the prescription drug Humira, and to varying degrees with over-the-counter products like Exederm and Theraplex.
Of course, the best remedy for psoriasis or any other skin ailment is to visit a dermatologist for personal care. To find a dermatologist in your area who specializes in psoriasis, the National Psoriasis Foundation physician directory is available here.