Kim Kardashian Has Psoriasis

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In the above video from the website "Keeping up with the Kardashians" Kim Kardashian reveals that she has psoriasis. KIm is seen with her dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer as they talk about the ‘rash’ that has suddenly appeared on her legs, which, her sister Khloe, says is ringworm. Dr. Lancer examines the spots on Kim’s legs and tells her that she has psoriasis, a chronic, genetic disease of the immune system that appears on the skin, often as red, scaly patches that itch and bleed.

While psoriasis is quite often misdiagnosed as ringworm, a rash, or eczema, it happens to be the most common autoimmune disease in USA, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans, including Kim Kardashian.

Psoriasis is a non contagious skin disorder that is known to occur when the immune system malfunctions and sends out faulty signals that accelerate the growth cycle of skin cells.

Like all people diagnosed with psoriasis Kardashian is shocked and worried about the diagnosis, more importantly because as a celebrity, she faces so much scrutiny about her appearance. She is even concerned that it may appear on her face and asks Dr. Lancer if it would. Psoriasis generally occurs on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso, but it can develop anywhere, and it very rarely appears on the face.

Kim who is 30 is worried, and she says "I’d heard of psoriasis before because my mom has always had it, but she didn’t have red flaky dots all over her,". There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. About 80 percent of people who suffer from the disease have plaque psoriasis, which is the most common form, and which manifests itself as red, raised patches

Mom Kris Jenner was also diagnosed with psoriasis at age 30. The disease most frequently occurs between the ages of 15 and 35, but can appear at any time. While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, it is known that genetics and the immune system play a large role in developing the disease.

Medical research has established that if one parent has psoriasis, a child has about a 10 percent chance of having psoriasis. If both parents have psoriasis, a child has approximately a 50 percent chance of developing the disease. In Kim’s case, her mother Kris Jenner was also diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 30. Psoriasis most frequently occurs between the ages of 15 and 35, but can appear at any time. While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, it is an established fact that genetics and the immune system play a large role in developing the disease.

Kim appeared shocked when she was told that is no cure for psoriasis. However, although there is no cure for the disease, there are a variety of treatments ranging from topical (on the skin) to systemic (throughout the body) which can control the symptoms and prevent break outs and flare ups of psoriasis, quite often for long periods of time.

Like the millions of other people who have psoriasis, Kim Kardashian is at an increased risk of developing other serious health conditions associated with the disease, which include heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and depression. Current statistics reveal that nearly 30 percent of individuals with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes painful swelling of the joints.

As a positive means of dealing with the condition, Dr. Lancer advised Kim to try and slow down her lifestyle, as stress is a known trigger of psoriasis. There are other triggers which include external lifestyle factors, certain medications and injury to the skin, such as a cut or scrape. However, what triggers one person’s psoriasis may not make it appear on someone else.

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