August is Psoriasis Awareness month and unknown to most, this is a skin disease that causes itchy, scaly rashes and crumbling nails. It is a skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, that causes cells to build up.
There are no proven causes of psoriasis, but it is largely by the immune system and genetics. Men and women are equally affected, as well as all races and all ages.
Symptoms of Psoriasis:
- Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
- Dry cracked skin and leads to bleeding
- Scaling spots
- Burning, itching, and soreness
- Ridged nails
- Swollen and stiff joints
As of now, psoriasis has no cure, but it is manageable by adjusting ones lifestyle Eating healthy is one way to reduce the occurrence of the symptoms. Here are some lifestyle changes to help ease symptoms and reduce flare-ups of psoriasis:
Maintaining a healthy weight
Reducing your intake of saturated fats
Avoid food that cause inflammation like: red meat, refined sugar, processed food, and dairy products
- Plaque Psoriasis is a common type of psoriasis. It often seen in elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back.
- Guttate Psoriasis usually starts in children or young adults/ It can appear on trunk, upper arms, thighs, and scalp.
- Pustular Psoriasis uncommon type but usually attacking adults. Symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, fast heart rate, and muscle pains. Red patches usually cover most of the body.
- Erythrodermic a serious type of psoriasis that causes fiery skin that appears to be burned.
- Nail Psoriasis common in people who have psoriatic arthritis that mostly affects the joints.
Psoriasis receives a lot of stigmas, often confused as a contagious disease, but patients have it because of their genetics. They can’t acquire such disease from someone. The truth is the disease is not contagious. People with psoriasis might feel uncomfortable when people stare but are able to hide their outbreaks under clothing.
An ideal way for patients to keep fighting the battle is to fully understand the physical, emotional and the treatment available for managing the disease. Having a support network comprised of family, friends and healthcare professionals can make all the difference.
Building a foundation of healthy habits and investing in the right healthcare plan can go a long way to make living with this disease more tolerable.