What is the prevalence of psoriasis?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Jacquiline Habashy, DO, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 2.2% of the United States population has psoriasis. Internationally, the incidence of psoriasis varies dramatically. A study of 26,000 South American Indians did not reveal a single case of psoriasis, whereas in the Faeroe Islands, an incidence of 2.8% was observed. Overall, approximately 2-3% of people are affected by psoriasis worldwide. Psoriasis can begin at any age, yet there is a bimodal peak between age 20-30 years and 50-60 years. Approximately 10-15% of new cases begin in children younger than 10 years. The median age at onset is 28 years.


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