Psoriasis – The Who, Why and How of America’s Most Common Autoimmune Disease

Psoriasis - The Who, Why and How of America's Most Common Autoimmune Disease

Psoriasis – Who gets it, Why and How?

It’s the most common autoimmune disease in the United States. Anyone can be predisposed to developing it. And it can hit at any time of life.

It’s psoriasis, a disease that affects approximately 7.5 million Americans, according to recent statistics by the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis can appear without warning and on any part of the body. Although it is not a contagious, it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.

What causes psoriasis?

There is no known cause for the appearance of psoriasis; it can happen at anytime. However, recent research has led scientists to believe that heredity and genes play a role. The American Academy of Dermatology states that a person must inherit the right genes then, later be exposed to a trigger event for the disease to develop.

Triggers may include the following:

  • Stress
  • Strep throat
  • Certain medications that may be taken to prevent Malaria or contain Lithium
  • Cold or dry weather
  • Sunburn
  • Trauma to the skin- vaccinations, scratches, cuts, scrapes
  • Allergies
  • Diet

Out of the five different types of psoriasis, 80 percent of those cases involve plaque psoriasis or psoriasis vulgaris. It appears in red patches that are covered in buildup of dead skin cells or scale.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Some symptoms that may signal Psoriasis, according to psoriasisSPEAKS, include the following:

  • Red inflamed lesions that may be raised
  • Plaques that are scaly and silver in color
  • Small, red individual spots
  • Soreness of the skin-itching and burning
  • Separation of the nail from the nail bed

Living with psoriasis

There are ways to improve your quality of life if you are suffering from this disease.

  • Reducing stress levels may decrease flair ups and inflammation. Taking a walk, reading a book or spending time with friends and family can help boost your mood.
  • Medications such as Enbrel, Humira, Remicade and Stelara can be taken to relieve the itching of these red patches.
  • Being open and honest with those around will not only ease the mind, but it can create support systems.

psoriasisSPEAKS offers videos of real-life psoriasis sufferers who share their stories, support systems and advice for living.

For more information:

Psoriasis Signs and Symptoms

Who Gets Psoriasis and How?

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