How to Deal With Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red scaly patches to appear on the skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated, 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis. “Psoriasis occurs in all age groups but is primarily seen in adults. Up to 40 percent of people with psoriasis experience joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis.” Psoriasis affects the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear in any location and it can burn and sting. Scientists do not know what causes psoriasis. But it’s believed that that the immune system and perhaps genetics play a role in triggering the condition. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate and this can cause lesions. AAD also shared that men and women develop psoriasis at equal rates. “Psoriasis also occurs in all racial groups, but at varying rates. About 1.9 percent of African-Americans have psoriasis, compared to 3.6 percent of Caucasians.” Psoriasis may be associated heart disease and depression. Here are 6 ways to deal with psoriasis.
You’re not alone.
You may feel like you’re the only one suffering from psoriasis, but take heart, you are not the only one. Kim Kardashian, LeAnn Rimes, Jon Lovitz and Art Garfunkel all battle psoriasis and learned to cope. “People always used to compliment me on my skin, how beautiful it was, and I’d think if you only knew what was underneath my shirt or my long dress!” Rimes told Everyday Health in an interview. “As a little girl, it was like, ‘I’m not pretty, I’m not normal.’ But you learn very quickly where beauty comes from.” Take a cue from the songstress, and know that you are not alone and you don’t have to hide because of psoriasis.