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Psoriasis: Know more. Support loved ones.

August is psoriasis awareness month. Individuals who are afflicted with psoriasis, as well as their family and friends, need to know more about this skin condition inorder to maintain overall health and well-being.

Psoriasis is not well understood. Its direct cause is unknown, however, it is thought to have some genetic source. It is also thought to be aggravated by emotional, environmental or infectious means. It is a chronic inflammation of the skin, that can exist in mild, moderate or severe forms. Symptoms of psoriasis go through periods of remissions and flare-ups. it is recognized by thick, silvery patchy appearance on the skin. It looks dry, scaly, reddened and can easily bleed and become sore when scratched. Psoriasis rash itch, feel irritated, burn, sting, and can be painful. When dry, scaly patches on the skin, flake off. Psoriasis patches are commonly found on the elbows, knees, arms, and scalp. Severe forms of psoriasis can affect the nails, soles of feet and palms of hands.

Psoriasis becomes an emotional burden on its sufferers. They need to be supported in managing this disease with confidence and embrace a positive self image.

A variety of treatments are available. Psoriasis sufferers and their loved ones should work closely in partnership with their physician or nurse practitioner to manage flare ups and maintain individual health and well-being. Prescribed treatments should be followed strictly to control symptoms. Healthy lifestyle routines such as adequate sleep, regular exercise, healthy diet, drinking lots of water to hydrate the skin, and abstinence from smoking are necessary. Minimizing scatching by keeping dry skin patches heavily moisturized is also helpful.

Individuals afflicted with psoriasis should embrace a positive self image. Self love and acceptance is critical towards the journey to happiness and satisfaction in life.

Maintain a supportive network of friend and family and maintain gratifying relationships.

Have a quiet space for meditation.

Discuss feelings and thoughts about psoriasis with health care providers for appropriate connections within the health care system.

Remain resilient.

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