Prognosis can vary based on several factors, including how severe the condition is.
Risk of Other Conditions Developing
When psoriasis is severe, the likelihood of developing certain forms of cancer increases (e.g., lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma). Severe forms also increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, endothelial dysfunction, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and hyperlipidemia.
Psoriatic arthritis can be compared to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Just like RA, psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent deformities and pain, resulting in disability.
Impact on Mental Well-being
Besides all the physical issues and symptoms associated with this disease, social exclusion, low self-esteem and image issues must also be considered. People who have psoriasis are twice as likely to suffer depression.
What is the life expectancy of someone with psoriasis?
While there are life-threatening forms of psoriasis, the incidence of these forms are rare. According to an ongoing study, on average, individuals diagnosed with psoriasis before turning 25 did not reach the age of 60. On the other hand, individuals diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 25 or later had average life expectancies of greater than 70 years of age.
Can psoriasis be fatal?
Yes, there are two forms of this disease that require immediate medical care: erythrodermic psoriasis and acute generalized pustular psoriasis.
Is psoriasis a lifelong disease?
Yes; however, it can go into remission.