August is Psoriasis awareness Month
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis.org informs us that,
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease* (a disease with an unclear cause that is characterized by inflammation caused by dysfunction of the immune system) that causes inflammation in the body. There may be visible signs of the inflammation such as raised plaques (plaques may look different for different skin types) and scales on the skin.
This occurs because the overactive immune system speeds up skin cell growth. Normal skin cells completely grow and shed (fall off) in a month. With psoriasis, skin cells do this in only three or four days. Instead of shedding, the skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin. Some people report that psoriasis plaques itch, burn and sting. Plaques and scales may appear on any part of the body, although they are commonly found on the elbows, knees, and scalp.
Inflammation caused by psoriasis can impact other organs and tissues in the body. People with psoriasis may also experience other health conditions. 1 in 3 people with psoriasis may also develop psoriatic arthritis. Signs of PSA include swelling, stiffness and pain in the joints and areas surrounding the joints. PSA often goes undiagnosed, particularly in its milder forms. However, it’s important to treat PSA early on to help avoid permanent joint damage.
*According to the Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis.
Like other chronic illnesses psoriasis can affect the way you live your life. Like your emotional health, relationship and simple things like stressing over what clothes to wear and if it would expose your condition. There are a variety of option that may help keep the condition under control like
- Topicals (steroidal/ non-steroidal)
- oral treatments
Studies show that CBD can be effective in treating some inflammatory skin conditions