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Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that causes raised, red itchy patches (or plaques) in the scalp and around the elbows and knees, but can show up anywhere on the body. The condition can flare up for a period of weeks or months, causing the affected areas to be inflamed and thickened or scaly. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, over 7.5 million adults are affected by this disease. Seniors are more vulnerable to the condition because aging skin is less able to fight against flare-ups.


What is the Cause?


While the exact cause is unknown, psoriasis can be attributed to an overactive immune system which speeds up skin cell growth. For example, normal skin cells completely grow and fall off within one month. With Psoriasis however, the cells do not shed but buildup on the skin’s surface within three to four days. Genetics also plays a factor in the development of psoriasis.


Symptoms


Symptoms can start between the ages of 15 and 25 but can start at any time. People of all ages and races can be affected. The plaques can itch, burn or sting. Inflammation of psoriasis can lead to other areas of the body to be affected such as organs and tissues. One and three people diagnosed with Psoriasis can go on to develop psoriatic arthritis. It should be noted that psoriasis is not contagious but certain factors can trigger psoriasis such as stress, illness, injuries to skin, and particular medications.


Treatments


There is no cure for psoriasis; however, there are many treatments that exist. August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Learn more about the condition by visiting: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/






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