How much do you know about psoriasis? How many people in the U.S. have it? What causes psoriasis? How is it treated? What are the emotional impacts of psoriasis? How many people do you know with psoriasis?
It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
While scientists do not know what exactly causes psoriasis, we do know that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development. Usually, something triggers psoriasis to flare. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, which causes the buildup of psoriasis lesions.
Men and women develop psoriasis at equal rates. Psoriasis also occurs in all racial groups, but at varying rates. About 1.3 percent of African-Americans have psoriasis, compared to 2.5 percent of Caucasians. Psoriasis often develops between the ages of 15 and 35, but it can develop at any age. About 10 to 15 percent of those with psoriasis get it before age 10. Some infants have psoriasis, although this is considered rare. Psoriasis is not contagious. It is not something you can “catch” or that others can catch from you. Psoriasis lesions are not infectious & there are no special blood tests or tools to diagnose psoriasis.
Here’s an excerpt from the National Psoriasis Foundation website describing Psoriasis Awareness Month:
Each August, the National Psoriasis Foundation sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month to raise awareness, encourage research and advocate for better care for people with psoriasis.
Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S., affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals resulting in painful red, scaly patches on the skin that bleed and itch. Psoriasis has been linked to other serious conditions, including psoriatic arthritis, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Psoriasis isn’t contagious, but awareness is.
Learn more about psoriasis the Everyday Health Psoriasis Center, which includes great resources, stories, and information. I also plan to blog tweet through the month on different topics related to psoriasis. Follow along this month and spread awareness about psoriasis!
Please visit the Psoriasis website for more information!