What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a immune system disorder that affects the skin and is marked by red, itchy, scaly patches. It can be triggered by stress, cold weather, and infections. The disease is also associated with joint pain and inflammation, and it can proceed to psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory, progressive, destructive form of arthritis.
Millions are Living with Psoriasis
7.5 million people, to be exact, and 30 percent of those will develop psoriatic arthritis. Additionally, the National Psoriasis Foundation reports the following statistics:
- 33 percent report their disease impacting their social interactions.
- 59 percent say psoriasis is a daily problem they have to deal with.
- 52 percent are dissatisfied with their treatment.
- 72 percent are also battling being overweight or obese, which increases the risk of other chronic conditions.
The Challenges of Life with Psoriasis
People living with psoriasis face a variety of challenges, including managing the itch of the skin disease, the pain of joint inflammation and soreness, relationships affected by the disease, depression, the need for accommodations at work, and the need to manage stress, which can cause flare-ups. And while research is ongoing and promising, there is currently no cure.
Hope for Those With Psoriasis
The good news is, there are a number of effective treatment options for psoriasis, and remission is a possibility. Mild disease can often be treated topically, and there are effective treatments for moderate to severe disease available. Your healthcare team can help you design a plan to support the best quality of life possible.