Each August the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month.
This month CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas, Nevada is dedicated to raising awareness, educating the public, and dispelling myths about the disease. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. It is a genetic disease triggered by environmental factors. Psoriasis are patches of red, itch, and scaly skin. It is not contagious. There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are treatments that can help control the disease. About 75 percent of cases can be controlled with topical, steroid creams alone. Psoriasis can affect anyone at any age. One of the more common types of psoriasis we see is plaque psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis accounts for 90 percent of the cases we see. Stress, the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and winter are usual triggers for a flare up. Symptoms of psoriasis tend to worsen with age. There is an increased risk of psoriatic arthritis developing among the elderly. Those with another type of psoriasis are 75 percent more likely to develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis involves painful inflammation of the joints and surrounding connective tissue. It can occur in any joint, but most commonly affects the joints of the fingers and toes.