<p><span></span>When <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=Kim%20Kardashian&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Kim Kardashian</strong></a> stepped out on July 19 with red marks on her calves, bloggers were quick to point out the strange spots -- which looked like bug bites -- covering the reality star's legs. But <em>Life & Style</em> has learned that the <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=keeping%20up%20with%20the%20kardashians&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><em>Keeping Up With the Kardashians</em></a> star actually suffers from psoriasis. "I'd heard of it before because my mom has always had it, but she didn't have red flaky dots all over her," says Kim, 30, about the skin condition. </p>
Mom Kris Jenner was diagnosed with psoriasis when she was 30, too. "There's a large genetic component," Dr. Jordana S. Gilman, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, tells Life & Style. But Kim, who makes an enviable living showing off her skin during photo shoots, worries about the diagnosis. "People don't understand the pressure on me to look perfect," she says. "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."
Not to worry -- Dr. Gilman tells Life & Style that Kim's condition is completely manageable. "There are many treatment options, ranging from creams to pills to injectable medications," she says. "If managed properly, it can be kept under control and she can lead a perfectly normal life."
Kim will learn all about her condition on the July 24 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, airing Sundays at 10 p.m. on E!
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