National Psoriasis Foundation

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease.

October 5, 2010

Question: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. What is an autoimmune disease?

Answer: Not too long ago, psoriasis was considered mainly a disease in which excessive skin overgrowth led to thick plaques. Over the last decade, it has become clear that the overgrowth of skin that causes typical psoriasis plaques is due to a faulty immune process. Autoimmune diseases are characterized by an overzealous immune response. In the case of psoriasis, we know that there are certain immune regulators called cytokines that are excessively produced. It is this overactivity of the immune system that causes the inflammation, which ultimately appears as the characteristic signs and symptoms of psoriasis.

Dr. Izadpanah is a board certified dermatologist who has served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego Dermatological Society in 2009 and is now serving as the society President. Dr. Izadpanah is also a director on the board of the California Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm).

Dr. Izadpanah completed his medical training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. He has published multiple journal articles and conducted research, as well as clinical trials related to dermatology. Dr. Izadpanah currently practices dermatology in San Diego.

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