On last night's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" Kim Kardashian is concerned when a rash develops on her legs just before she's set to shoot a commercial. After all, how is she supposed to walk down the aisle with blotchy, scaly skin?
So Kardashian heads to the dermatologist--after her sister Khloe tells her it's ringworm--where her doctor diagnoses her with psoriasis, a hereditary skin condition that her mother, Kris Jenner, has as well.
"I'd heard of it before because my mom has always had it, but she didn't have red flaky dots all over her," Kardashian, 30, told Life and Style Weekly, regarding the skin condition.
When her dermatologist tells her lifestyle, stress, travel and food are among the things that can exacerbate the problem, Kim worries about the impact it will have on her career. And not to mention, planning a wedding in less than three months can be pretty stressful.
"When I gain a pound, it's in the headlines, so imagine what the tabloids will do to me when they see all these spots," the magazine quoted her as saying.
But Kardashian isn't the only celeb with the flaky skin condition. LeAnn Rimes has been very public about her battle with psoriasis. "What Not to Wear" host Stacy London has also admitted to suffering from psoriasis, using humor to hide her discomfort. However, the biggest psoriasis success story is that of "America's Next Top Model Winner," CariDee English. During her worst outbreak, seventy percent of her body was covered in red plaques.
Luckily for Kardashian and the millions of Americans suffering from the condition, psoriasis can be treatable and manageable with treatments ranging from creams to pills to skin injections.