How Many People Does It Affect?
That doesn’t seem like much but when you do the numbers its around 125 MILLION people worldwide.
In the US alone it affects between 7 to 8 million people, varying to different degrees.
What Is It Exactly?
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that ignites a rapid build up of skin cells.
Normally, T cells (type of while blood cell) circulate the body defending against foreign substances – but if you have psoriasis, these T cells start attacking healthy skin which cause the inflammation.
From there the process becomes cyclical – new skin cells move to the outermost layer of your skin too quickly, which causes skin to build up in thick scaly patches.
Absolutely not! But there are triggers!
You can’t “catch” psoriasis just like you can’t give it to someone – it’s not a common cold!
As unappealing as psoriasis can look at times, they are not infections nor are they wounds.
Why Do I Have Psoriasis?
The doctor that discovers this will be an extremely wealthy doctor – it is understood that psoriasis does have a genetic component (someone in your family has passed it down to you) as well as environmental factors at play.
Environmental factors may include:
- Too much alcohol
- Poor diet
- Anything that in general is not good for you
We all have vices, but if you want to beat this thing. You should avoid the list above as much as possible.
Also, just because it is genetic that does not necessarily mean you will get it! There are millions of people that have family members with psoriasis that never experience it.
Where Is The Cure And How Much Is It?
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The National Psoriasis Foundation and the Federal Government are funding research now more than ever before for more effective psoriasis treatments.
What Are The Official Different Types Of Psoriasis?
- Plaque Psoriasis: Most Common – roughly 85% of psoriasis sufferers have this type. It is characterized by red thick skin patches, generally with a white/silvery layer.
- Guttate Psoriasis: Second most common form – appears as small red spots on the skin, usually seperate and “drop” shaped. Generally appears in childhood/young adult hood. I
- Pustular Psoriasis: Is a lot more severe of a form – it can develop extremely fast (unlike other forms) in the form of multiple white pustules, surrounded by red irritated skin.
- Inverse Psoriasis: Red, shiny and smooth form of psoriasis that generally appears under the breast, armpits, or groin area. Due to its appearing in “skinfolds” it is difficult to treat due to constant friction/sweating.
- Erythrodermic: Known as a rare form that appears as severe burns. This form is widespread throughout the skin in a red and scaly manner, and requires immediate professional attention as it can be serious.
Should I Be Worried?
Psoriasis is not life threatening and therefore it shouldn’t change your day to day life. It can be embarrassing and frustrating at times…
Take a deep breath, and relax!
If you take our advice on changing certain life style habits, you can seriously impact your chances of avoiding psoriasis all together, or mitigating it and getting rid of it entirely.
- Talk with your doctor
- Go see a dermatologist
- You’re not the first person to get psoriasis and have concerns, and you’re certainly not the last!
Remember, what gets measured gets managed.
Educate yourself, mitigate stress, talk to someone, and find a solution that works for you.