Since 1997, August has been deemed the official month for Psoriasis Awareness. This was set in motion by the National Psoriasis Foundation when it launched it’s first public awareness initiative. There are lots of ways you can help support someone who has psoriasis! Learning about the disease, offering encouragement, listening to concerns and helping to reduce stress are a few ways to start.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than eight million Americans have some form of psoriasis. At least 100 million people are affected worldwide. Psoriasis is most likely to appear between the ages of 15 and 25, but those who are likely to develop it can do so at any age. Five known types of psoriasis include: Plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, erythrodermic, and psoriatic arthritis. Plaque psoriasis is the most commonly diagnosed form.
Scientists don’t know what specifically causes psoriasis, but do know that the immune system and genetics play key roles in development. Researchers believe there are possibly 25 gene variants that lead a person to be predisposed to developing psoriasis. They also believe that those with the genetic predisposition must also be exposed to an external factor, called a ‘trigger’. What triggers one person’s psoriasis flare may not trigger someone else’s. Known triggers include stress, injury to the skin, infection, and medication. Some sufferers feel that the weather, some foods and allergies can trigger their psoriasis.
There are several possible treatment options for psoriasis. These include topical treatments, light therapy, and oral or injected medications. Be sure to speak with your doctor about what treatments are right for you.
If you like our infographic, you can get the PDF version here: Psoriasis Awareness August 2019 (1)