The National Psoriasis Foundation provides you with help that you may need in order to manage your psoriasis or help someone who has psoriasis. This foundation also promotes research to finding a cure for psoriasis. August is Psoriasis Awareness month and many are motivating, promoting, and educating others about Psoriasis and how they can stay aware about this chronic skin condition.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a long –term chronic skin condition problem, where the skin cells grow too quickly which is mainly common in adults. This results in the skin being thick, white, slivery, or even red patches occurring. Someone who has Psoriasis, their skin cells move rapidly to the surface of their skin days rather than weeks. The patches can range in sizes from small to large and often appear on the knees, elbows, hands, feet, lower back and scalp.
Types of Psoriasis
• Plaque – most common type which causes raised, inflamed, red skin covered with slivery, white scales and patches that may itch and burn
• Guttate – affects mainly children and younger adults, which causes pink-red spots on the skin
• Inverse – this type shows up on the skin as bright red, smooth, forming shiny spots, but with no form of scales
• Pustular – this type is uncommon and mostly appears in adults. This type usually causes pus-filled bumps surrounded by red skin
• Erythrodermic – less common but very serious, it affects most of your body and causes widespread shedding and redness to the skin
• Nail – very common to those who are suffering from prostatic arthritis, which causes nail changes
• Arthritic – affects the joints with the form of swelling and discoloration
There is no exact cause for psoriasis, but many doctors believe that the immune system overreacts, causing inflammation and flaking of the skin.
• Mild scaling to thick, crusted plaques on the scalp
• Raised, bright red patches on the skin
• Joint swelling, tenderness, and pain
• Tiny areas of bleeding when skin scales are peeled off
• Discolored or pitted nails
Since there is currently no cure for psoriasis, there are many forms of treatment. The treatment is available to help slow down the rapid growth skin cells in the patient. Some of those treatments come in the form of products applied to the skin, phototherapy, and oral medication.
Mild Cases of Psoriasis can be treated with:
• Creams, ointments, lotions to apply to the skin
• Shampoos, oils, and sprays to apply to the your scalp
• Some exposure to sunlight
• Pills prescribed by your physician
• Shots to help with your immune system
Did you know that about 1.3 percent of African – Americans have psoriasis compared to the 2.5 percent of Caucasians? Continue to bring awareness to this chronic skin condition, and help others to be more educated and aware of Psoriasis.