Spotlight on Psoriasis for PAM

/ 15/08/2012 /

We are helping to shine a spotlight on psoriasis because, as the National Psoriasis Foundation says: Psoriasis isn’t contagious, but awareness is! August is Psoriasis Awareness Month (PAM).

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Psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million people in the U.S.

Psoriasis is:

  • NOT contagious
  • The most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S.
  • A skin condition that causes red, scaly patches that bleed and itch
  • A chronic disease without a cure

Up to 10% of the populations may be carriers but only 2~3% (of the population) develops it. There must be a combination of genetics and external “triggers” for psoriasis to develop. Some of the main triggers that aggravate psoriasis include stress, skin injury, and certain medications.

Psoriasis is Chronic – But Not Untreatable

People with psoriasis have to learn to live with it. And, as always, guarding overall health is an important aspect of treatment, particularly because of stress’s effect on sufferers. Some important tips come from the National Psoriasis Foundation:

  1. Find healthy ways to deal with emotions. Psoriasis can take a lot out of patients. Relaxation and stress reduction are key.

  2. Get active.

  3. Eat healthy.

  4. Talk. A support system of health care professionals, friends, and family is essential.

There are different treatment options – including alternative or complementary medicine – for individuals, depending on the severity and type of psoriasis.

Providing focus on stress reduction and overall health is an important benefit of solutions offered by Re:sourxe by Sodexo.

On Associated Conditions and Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis sufferers are also at an elevated risk to develop other serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, depression, and psoriatic arthritis.

For 30 percent of psoriasis patients, the condition develops into psoriatic arthritis, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness around the joints. The severity of the patients’ psoriasis doesn’t matter – anyone has an equal chance of developing psoriatic arthritis.

For more information about psoriasis, its treatments, related health conditions, and the science behind it, please visit http://www.psoriasis.org/i-have-psoriasis

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