August: Psoriasis Awareness Month

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which affects 7.5 million people in the U.S. and mostly appears in adults. About 150,000 new case are reported each year. It’s a serious medical condition which has no known cure. Psoriasis typically occurs on the knees, scalp, elbows, hands, and feet. In severe cases, skin will be itchy, dry, and scaly.

While there’s no cure for psoriasis, the disease not contagious and is treatable. Treatments range from over-the-counter lotions and ointments for less severe to biologic drugs for severe cases. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis and appears with raised red patches on the skin with a scaly, itchy buildup.

Psoriatic arthritis leads to pain and swelling in the joints, along with psoriasis on the skin. Treatments for psoriatic arthritis include exercise, biologic drugs, steroids, and NSAIDS.

Having psoriasis can take an emotional toll on those who have the condition; stress may cause flare ups. It’s important to control stress and try to maintain a positive attitude to avoid making the condition worse.

Download our Psoriasis Fact Sheets from the National Psoriasis Foundation and a Word Search Puzzle.

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