August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis making it the most common autoimmune disease in the United States. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed the growth cycle of skin cells resulting in irritating, scaly patches on the body. Psoriasis is not contagious and there is no known cure. Psoriasis often occurs with other physical and mental health issues including diabetes, hypertension, heart attack and depression. Almost 30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis which causes pain and swelling around the joints, and 70% of people with the disease say it makes them feel self-conscious.
Become involved with helping to raise awareness and support for those living with psoriatic diseases by becoming an advocate, registering to “walk for a cure”, or volunteering with the National Psoriasis Foundation which has locations throughout the country.