In recognition of World Psoriasis Day, the NIAMS hosted a Twitter chat on psoriasis on October 29, 2015. The Institute partnered with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; the American Academy of Dermatology; and the National Psoriasis Foundation to hold the chat. Ricardo Cibotti, Ph.D., of the NIAMS Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases, served as a subject matter expert. Topics in the chat included causes and symptoms, treatments, life impact, comorbidities, clinical trials, and ongoing research and advances. The NIAMS and partnering organizations also shared resources.
Psoriasis affects more than 5 million adults in the United States, and can occur in both children and adults. Research has suggested that people with psoriasis may be at greater risk for cardiovascular problems, especially if the psoriasis is severe, as well as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. One complication of the disease known as psoriatic arthritis can cause permanent joint damage if not treated.
Using the hashtag #PsoriasisChat, the chat reached 1,099,395 Twitter users, with over 4,398,596 impressions.