August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, which means it’s time to talk about this unfortunate skin disease! Contrary to popular belief, psoriasis is not simply a rash or something you can catch if you itch too much. It’s actually a genetic, immune-system related disease that causes disrupts the normal growth cycle of skin cells. Therefore, it is not contagious. Psoriasis currently affects as many as 7.5 million Americans, with 30 percent of that number also developing psoriatic arthritis. 33 percent of sufferers reported that their social interactions are impacted due to their disease, while 59 percent said that psoriasis is a problem in their everyday life.
While psoriasis can be painful and debilitating, luckily there are many different treatment options to help patients. Most treatments involve a combination of different methods unique to each patient. There is no cure for psoriasis, but many symptoms can be relieved or cleared up for years at a time. For any of our patients that suffer from psoriasis, we can offer medication assistance as well as wound measurements. If you are suffering from a particularly bad flare up, we can also communicate with your doctor to find a new treatment plan for you.
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Question 1 of 10
Which of the following is NOT associated with psoriasis?Correct
Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body and is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.Incorrect
Question 2 of 10
How many people in the United States have psoriasis?Correct
7.5 million people are living with psoriasis in the U.S. 30 percent will develop psoriatic arthritis.Incorrect
Question 3 of 10
Which of these is NOT a type of psoriasis?Correct
There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic.Incorrect
There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic.
Question 4 of 10
What is the most common form of psoriasis and what does it look like?Correct
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease and appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells or scale. These patches or plaques most often appear on the scalp, knees, elbows, and lower back. They are often itchy and painful, and they can crack and bleed.Incorrect
Question 5 of 10
What causes psoriasis?Correct
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious and affects as many as 7.5 million Americans. Up to 30 percent of individuals with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints.Incorrect
Question 6 of 10
TRUE or FALSE: Psoriasis is contagious.Correct
People with psoriasis often face discrimination because others incorrectly fear it is contagious.Incorrect
People with psoriasis often face discrimination because others incorrectly fear it is contagious.
Question 7 of 10
TRUE or FALSE: Psoriasis increases the risk for other serious health conditions including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, hypertension, obesity and depression.Correct
National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board urges people with psoriasis to work with their doctors to watch for the potential onset of any health issues related to psoriasis.Incorrect
Question 8 of 10
Which of the following is a trigger that causes psoriasis to flare up?Correct
Triggers include stress; injury to the skin, such as a tattoo or a scrape; smoking; and certain infections.Incorrect
Question 9 of 10
How do you treat psoriasis?Correct
Possible treatments include topical treatments, phototherapy, systemic medications, biologic, and complementary and alternative medicine.Incorrect
Question 10 of 10
What is psoriatic arthritis?Correct
About 15 percent to 20 percent of people with psoriasis also have joint inflammation called psoriatic arthritis that causes pain, stiffness and restricted motion. Psoriatic arthritis has its own set of symptoms and criteria for diagnosis. People with mild psoriasis are just as likely to develop psoriatic arthritis as those with moderate to severe psoriasis.Incorrect