Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that primarily affects the skin. However, it can also affect other organs and systems in the body. The specific organs that can be affected by psoriasis may vary from person to person, but some common ones include:
- Joints: Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects some people with psoriasis. It can cause joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, and can lead to permanent joint damage if left untreated.
- Cardiovascular system: People with psoriasis may have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which can affect the heart and blood vessels.
- Liver: Psoriasis is associated with an increased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is a condition in which fat accumulates in the liver.
- Kidneys: Psoriasis has been linked to an increased risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition in which the kidneys gradually lose their function over time.
- Eyes: Psoriasis can affect the eyes, causing symptoms such as redness, dryness, and irritation.
It is important to note that not everyone with psoriasis will experience problems in these organs or systems. However, if you have psoriasis, it is important to talk to your doctor about your risk factors for these conditions and any symptoms you may be experiencing.