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Does psoriasis only affect the skin?

Most people with psoriasis will suffer skin irritation on their scalp, knees, elbows, hands and feet. But it can also affect the eyelids, ears, fingernails, toenails, inside the mouth and soft tissues of the genitals.

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Unfortunately, psoriasis doesn't only affect the skin. While that is a main component of this autoimmune disorder, it can also affect the joints and is called psoriatic arthritis. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the symptoms, and if not treated appropriately, psoriatic arthritis can eventually damage the joints.

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