Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease in the US. Since it is more than just a basic skin condition, it is helpful for seniors to learn to manage it.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, an estimated 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. (National Psoriasis Foundation)
Psoriasis is a disease that primarily a ects the skin, but it can have a larger impact. Helping seniors manage their psoriasis can improve their quality of life. August is Psoriasis Awareness month, and is intended to help educate people about this disease.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the autoimmune system. That means the disease can increase or decrease in intensity, and is not curable. The main effects of the disease are in ammation of the skin and thickened, scaling skin. There are several types of psoriasis.
What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?
The symptoms of psoriasis are often visible or tangible. Common symptoms include:
• Itching (sometimes severe)
• Fungus around the nails
• Red or pink bumps on the skin • Scaly or raised up skin
How Does Psoriasis Affect Quality of Life?
Both the in ammation and itchiness associated
with psoriasis can lower quality of life, and in some cases can even a ect one’s ability to work or cause depression. The appearance of psoriasis plaques on the skin can also a ect self-esteem and self-image. Since the disease can are up or reduce in intensity at any time, it can also cause anxiety and frustration.
How Can Psoriasis be Treated?
While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are medicines that can reduce in ammation, itchiness, and are-ups of the disease. Likewise, there are steps people with psoriasis can take to avoid exacerbating the condition.
MYTHS AND FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Simple Tips for Managing Psoriasis
Lifestyle choices can help keep psoriasis in check. Check with your doctor before implementing any new lifestyle changes.
- Eat a healthy diet
- Take sh oil
- Ask about medication during flare-ups
- Don’t drink or smoke
- See a doctor if your nails change
Limit stress and practice self care
Source: Clear Care