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Raising Awareness for Psoriasis During August!

Doctor examining psoriasis symptoms on patientAs common as psoriasis is, there are still many people who are unfamiliar with this disease. So every year during August, the National Psoriasis Foundation helps raise awareness by sponsoring Psoriasis Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the foundation has been hosting events and walks which advocate for improved health care and more clinical trials on psoriasis. Everyone who is interested is invited to take part in one of these events.

Psoriasis: a Common Autoimmune Disease

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the patient’s immune system response has gotten a bit out of whack (to put things quite plainly). In this instance, it sends out a signal which speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells. Eventually, these painful, red patches of scaly skin start to form, and they will bleed and itch. As with other autoimmune diseases, psoriasis can develop at any age and impact any part of the body.

Some Facts on Psoriasis

  • Psoriasis is the most common type of autoimmune disease in the United States with as many as 7.5 million people afflicted.
  • A common misconception is that psoriasis is somehow contageous.
  • Many cases of psoriasis have accompanied other health complications like hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, and depression.
  • Research has shown how this disease can impact a person’s emotions. Most people who have been diagnosed with psoriasis state that it makes them feel embarrassed and even helpless.
  • There are a plenty of treatment options available for patients with psoriasis, but there is still no cure for this disease.
  • A significant percentage of psoriasis patients may end up developing psoriatic arthritis. The symptoms of this disease can reflect those of rheumatoid arthritis (swollen, painful, and stiff joints)

Become a Citizen Pscientist!

The National Psoriasis Foundation has been encouraging more people to become Citizen Pscientists during Psoriasis Awareness Month this year. This is a community of people living with psoriasis who are willing to ask and answer questions about their autoimmune disease. In order to participate in this community, you’ll need a healthy level of curiosity, as well as a desire to help support ongoing research on psoriasis. If you want to learn more, you should check out the Citizen Pscientist webpage!

Unfortunately, research has yet to yield a comprehensive cure for this deadly disease. However, there are currently a broad range of treatments that can be applied to psoriasis. So, even if a patient has much more severe symptoms, doctors can help them form an effective treatment plan. It should also be mentioned that no two cases are ever treated the exact same way.

You’ll want to discuss your treatment options with your doctor immediately following your diagnosis. You’ll want to work closely with them on this, as there are a whole host of factors which will determine the best course of treatment to be taken, including the type of psoriasis and the severity of your symptoms.

If you are looking for more information on this autoimmune disease, we’d suggest stopping by the National Psoriasis Foundation’s website. There you can find information on the events and walks that are taking place during the last week of this month.

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