Psoriasis Awareness MonthPosted on: August 5, 2015Categories: LiveWell 24/7
Psoriasis is a condition that impacts approximately 7.5 million individuals in the United States and is the most common autoimmune disease in the country. Psoriasis Awareness Month is intended to raise awareness of the symptoms of this disease as well as educate individuals on possible causes and treatments.
Psoriasis is not contagious and occurs as a result of an interaction of genetics and “misfires” of the immune system. When an individual with psoriasis experiences environmental triggers such as stress, smoking, injury, or infection, they develop scaly, red lesions that often itch or crack. These lesions can cover anywhere on a person’s body, covering anywhere from three percent of their body to over ten percent. Individuals with psoriasis typically start developing these uncomfortable symptoms between ages 15 and 35. If you suspect that you are showing signs of this condition, contact your dermatologist to schedule an examination of biopsy.
If you would like to learn more about psoriasis, visit the National Psoriasis Foundation Website.