Psoriasis awareness

Psoriasis Awareness Month: What You Should Know

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to shedding light on this chronic skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. In this blog, we will explore what psoriasis is, its causes, symptoms, available treatments, and the importance of raising awareness about this misunderstood condition.

Understanding Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a non-contagious autoimmune skin disorder that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. Normally, skin cells take about a month to mature, but in individuals with psoriasis, this process occurs in a matter of days. As a result, the skin cells accumulate rapidly, leading to the formation of raised, red, and scaly patches known as psoriasis.

Causes and Triggers

The exact cause of psoriasis remains unknown, but it is believed that it involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors. If psoriasis runs in your family, you can have a higher risk of developing it. Additionally, triggers such as stress, infections, cold weather, smoking, and certain medications can cause psoriasis symptoms.

Common Symptoms

Psoriasis can manifest in various forms, each type presenting different symptoms. The most common type, plaque psoriasis, typically appears as thick, red patches with silvery scales. Other types include guttate psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis. Understanding these differences can help identify the condition early on and seek appropriate treatment.

Available Treatments

While there is currently no cure for psoriasis, various treatments can effectively manage its symptoms and improve the quality of life for those living with the condition. These treatments may include topical creams, phototherapy, oral medications, and biologic drugs. It is essential to work closely with a dermatologist to find the most suitable treatment plan for individual needs.

Psoriasis Awareness and Advocacy

Raising awareness about psoriasis is essential to debunk myths and misconceptions surrounding the condition. Education can help promote understanding and empathy among the general public, reduce stigma, and encourage you and others with psoriasis to seek proper care without hesitation.

Are You Ready?

Are you ready to talk about your psoriasis? If so, you’ve made the right choice. Get in touch with Plantation Dermatology (formerly known as Altman Dermatology) today or give us a call at (954) 577-5161. You and your skin will be happy you did.

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