Psoriasis: Erasing the Stigma

August 11, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Uptown HC

Psoriasis is a skin disorder that affects 7.5 million people in the U.S. alone. Many of these people report feeling stigma about themselves because of their condition. This may be because most people are unaware about the ins and outs of the disorder. Since August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, let’s discuss some details about the disorder to better help people understand it. One, it is not contagious. You must have a genetic predisposition towards it to get it. There are also two peak ages of onset for this disorder, one in the teen years and the other when people are heading towards retirement.

The skin disorder somewhat baffles the medical community. Research shows abnormalities in the immune system are responsible for Psoriasis, but there is no cure. Skin cells multiplying at an increased rate cause the trademark red plaques and white scales. These marks tend to appear on the knees, scalp, and elbows. It can affect other areas such as the torso, palms, and feet. The disorder tends to be hereditary, but it can skip generations.

Different types of psoriasis include: plaque, erythrodermic, pustular, guttate, and inverse. The red and white plaques described earlier are very common and is the symptom people think of the most with psoriasis. There are other common symptoms too. Red lesions in the skin folds, tiny red dots along the torso and limbs, and pustules on the hands and feet are all signs of the skin disorder.

As mentioned earlier, there is no cure. Medications can alleviate the symptoms, though. If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult a healthcare prover about medical options and consider the roles stress and general health play in your flare ups.

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