August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

August 4th, 2014 | FAQ, Psoriasis, Skin care

The month of August is observed as Psoriasis Awareness Month. Here at Aidance Skincare, we not only offer a product that brings rapid treatment and relief, but we are here to bring awareness to this common chronic condition. In light of the observance, we are dedicating the month of August to psoriasis education.

This week, let’s go over some FAQs…

Q: What is psoriasis?
A: Psoriasis is a common chronic condition that causes redness, dryness, scaling, irritation, and cell build-up on the surface of the skin. It can show up on ant part of the body and is often associated with a number of serious health conditions, including diabetes, depression, and heart disease.

Q: What are some common symptoms of psoriasis?
A: As mentioned above, psoriasis causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. The scales are often white or silver in appearance. Psoriasis may look swollen, especially during flare-ups. It can also cause stiff joints in extreme cases. Symptoms may appear between the ages 15-35.

Often times, psoriasis is compared to eczema. It is important to note that unlike eczema, psoriasis plaques are well-defined.

Q: What are the types of psoriasis?
A: There are five types of psoriasis. They are:

  • Plaque Psoriasis
  • Guttate
  • Inverse
  • Pustular
  • Erythrodermic

The most common form is Plaque Psoriasis, which appears as raised, red patches covered in the build-up of dead skin cells. We will discuss all five types in greater detail over the course of the month.

Q: Where does psoriasis typically occur?
A: While psoriasis can happen on any part of the body, the most common areas are:

  • Outside of knees
  • Outside of elbows
  • Scalp
  • Lower back
  • Face
  • Palms and soles of feet
  • Fingernails and toenails
  • Inside the mouth
  • Genitals

Have another question? Check out the National Psoriasis Foundation website.

As we mentioned above, please be sure to come back for more information on psoriasis. Each week, we will share a new post with new material. Be sure to come back next week… we will be sharing an informative psoriasis infographic!

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