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Psoriasis Awareness

If psoriasis is affecting your life, it may be time to see a physician.

We join with the National Psoriasis Foundation to educate and help increase awareness about this common, controllable skin condition.

So common that the National Institutes of Health estimate that as many as 7.5 million Americans have some form of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a skin disease that has many different forms. It is characterized by thick, rough, silvery scales on the surface of the skin. Normal skin cells grow, and slough off over the course of a couple of weeks. New skin cells affected by psoriasis multiply much faster and move to the surface of the skin in just days, forming the scaly patches.

Adults are affected more frequently by psoriasis than children, and it can appear on knees, elbows, fingers, and the scalp. In severe cases, it can spread to any part of your body and can cover large portions of skin. Researchers believe that genetics and environmental factors also play a role in the severity of psoriasis.

Symptoms of psoriasis can include a rash, inflammation, red patches, scaling, dry and cracked skin, itching or burning, soreness, and stiff joints. Naturally, they go through phases when symptoms are mild, and more severe and uncomfortable. Psoriasis can also affect people emotionally. Low self-esteem, depression, stress, and anxiety can accompany it, based on its location, type and size.

There are two things you can do at home to reduce psoriasis: first, keep it moist, and second, spend time in the sun. Using lotions, baths, and soaks will keep psoriasis moist, which helps to reduce scaling and inflammation. UV rays have also been helpful in treating psoriasis. Gradually building exposure to the sun’s rays can help reduce the appearance of psoriasis.

If psoriasis is affecting your life, it may be time to see a physician about your symptoms and to receive treatment that will help you gain control over psoriasis. Dr. Adam D. Wray, dermatologist and psoriasis expert, is welcoming patients. Call 782.2930 to schedule your appointment today.

Louis Kraml, CEO Bingham Memorial Hospital