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Psoriasis affects approximately 125 million people worldwide. Yet, it is often misunderstood and falsely perceived. The visible symptoms like scales, patches, lesions, etc., prompt people to form incorrect opinions about the condition. Although the knowledge about Psoriasis is increasing, most people remain unaware of some basic facts.
If you or someone you know is affected with Psoriasis, here are 5 facts that you should be aware of:
Learn to recognize the difference between ‘curable’ and ‘treatable’. Psoriasis cannot be cured. But it is ‘treatable’; i.e., it can be managed with optimal treatment and adequate lifestyle changes. Talk to your Dermatologist about new treatment options for Psoriasis that can help you achieve ‘clear skin’.
Knowing that Psoriasis does not spread by touching or physical contact can help you feel liberated and less stigmatized. It is important that you communicate this ‘truth’ to all those around you too.
Psoriasis usually appears due to a combination of genes and certain environmental triggers.
There are five types of Psoriasis, differentiated based on the features of lesions, including plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic Psoriasis. You may have one or more types of Psoriasis. Knowing the type of Psoriasis you suffer from, will help you get access to the best suited treatment options.
4 out of 10 of people with Psoriasis may develop Psoriatic Arthritis, a condition which impacts the joints. Early identification and treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis is important to minimize damage to joints.
People with Psoriasis have a higher chance of developing chronic conditions like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, etc. It is important that you are aware of the impact that Psoriasis can have and implement healthy habits to reduce your chances of developing other chronic conditions.
Dealing with a chronic condition like Psoriasis can be challenging and life changing. Educating yourself and being aware about Psoriasis facts can help you take an active interest in self-care. It’s the key to having a meaningful conversation with your Dermatologist and dealing with your symptoms better.
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Dermatologist. Psoriasis facts. Available [Online] at: https://www.the-dermatologist.com/content/psoriasis-facts Accessed on 5th March 2021