In an episode
of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians," the reality television star visited
her dermatologist, who immediately diagnosed her with psoriasis, an autoimmune
disorder that affects more than 7.5 million Americans.
The disorder causes red
lesions covered by silvery-white scales that appear on knees, elbows, scalp,
and lower back. The diagnosis was traumatic for the star, since her success largely
hinges on her exotic good looks.
"My career is doing ad campaigns and
swimsuit photo shoots," she said in the episode. "People don't
understand the pressure on me to look perfect. When I gain a pound, it's in the
headlines. Imagine what the tabloids would do to me if they saw all these
condition isn’t curable, Kardashian and others with psoriasis find relief with
prescription lotions and creams. Psoriasis is thought to be hereditary, and
Kardashian has said her mother also has the condition.