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Let's Talk About Psoriasis

Aug 15, 2018Health Focus

“7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, making it the most common autoimmune disease in the nation.”

Since it’s Psoriasis Awareness Month, what an ideal time to learn more information about this uniquely challenging skin condition.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, which is when the immune system attacks the body’s own cells, causing tissue destruction. Psoriasis is the visible result of the body over-producing skin cells. Normally, the human body has dead skin cells underneath the surface of the skin that rise to the surface and fall off about once a month. For those with psoriasis, though, these dead skin cells are overproduced, causing raised, red, scaly, and uncomfortable patches of skin. Psoriasis can be found in all areas of the body, such as the scalp, ears, mouth, hands, feet, fingernails, and toenails, and can affect anyone at any age.

A psoriasis attack can be triggered by bacterial or viral infections, dry air or dry skin, injury to the skin, certain types of medication, stress, excessive alcohol intake, and either too much or too little sunlight. The symptoms of psoriasis can include:

  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning, or soreness
  • Red patches of skin
  • Swollen and stiff joints

Psoriasis is not contagious and can be more severe in those who have weakened immune systems. There are several different types of psoriasis and each type and area requires different treatment. The most common type of psoriasis, however, is plaque psoriasis, affecting 80 percent of people with the condition. People with psoriasis are at an increased risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and Crohn's disease, among other associated conditions.

You can live in your own skin again without severe pain or discomfort. If you are concerned that you may have psoriasis, please see a doctor. At the Bingham Memorial Dermatology Center, we have a healthcare team with offices throughout Eastern Idaho that can help. They have the knowledge and experience to help treat mild to severe psoriasis cases.

To schedule an appointment with one of our skincare specialists, please call:

Blackfoot | (208) 782-2930

Idaho Falls | (208) 535-3637

Pocatello | (208) 233-4455

For more information on our skincare specialists, visit: Bingham Memorial Dermatology Center.

Source: National Psoriasis Foundation (psoriasis.org)

About Bingham Memorial Hospital

Bingham Memorial Hospital, a proud member of Bingham Healthcare, is a state-of-the art, 501(c)3 non-profit critical access hospital located in Blackfoot, Idaho. We also have a diverse network of healthcare facilities in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Shelley, Idaho.

(208) 785-4100
98 Poplar Street, Blackfoot, ID 83221