2 posts tagged “National Psoriasis Awareness Month”

Raising awareness and taking action for Psoriasis Awareness Month

Posted August 28th, 2017 by

August is Psoriasis Action Month, and this month when those living with psoriasis raise awareness about what it’s like living with a condition that is often misunderstood and stigmatized. We asked members of the PatientsLikeMe community to share what they wish others knew about life with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, here’s what they said…

Like the National Psoriasis Foundation says, psoriasis isn’t contagious, but awareness is! Share your experiences with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis and learn from others living with the same condition.

On PatientsLikeMe there are more than 5,600 members living with psoriasis and more than 2,000 members living with psoriatic arthritis. Log in to PatientsLikeMe now to join the conversation share your experience and learn from others living with the same condition.

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More than skin deep

Posted August 10th, 2014 by

 

August might mean the summer’s almost over, but the effort to raise awareness for psoriasis is going strong. It’s Psoriasis Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF), and everyone is working to eliminate stigma and dispel the myths surrounding the skin condition.

 

 

Starting with the basics

Q: What is Psoriasis?
A: Psoriasis is a chronic, genetic autoimmune condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin that itch, crack and bleed.1

Q: Who is living with psoriasis?
A: Over 7 million Americans (equally men and women), and global estimates say 2-3% of the world’s population – as many as 125 million people – has the condition.

Dispelling the myths 

Q: Can I catch it from someone else?
A: It’s NOT contagious! Psoriasis is triggered by a combination of genes inherited from parents and exposure to outside factors such as stress, smoking or infections.2

Q: Is there a cure?
A: There is currently no cure, but individualized treatment options are available that reduce inflammation and skin damage.2

Q: Is all psoriasis the same?
A: Nope, there are many different forms of psoriasis, which you can learn about by visiting the NPF’s description page.

But these questions just start the conversation about psoriasis, and getting involved is a great way to educate others. Unsure where to begin? The NPF has some great activities, including national Walks to Cure Psoriasis and “More Than Skin Deep” informational events. And if you have psoriasis, you can apply for the NPF’s One-on-One program, where people living with the condition mentor those who’ve been newly diagnosed.

Don’t forget to visit the psoriasis community at PatientsLikeMe, too. You’ll see how other members treat their psoriasis, and you’ll be connecting and learning from the people who know what’s its like.

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1 http://www.biotech-now.org/health/2012/08/august-is-psoriasis-awareness-month-psoriasis-isnt-contagious-but-awareness-is

2 http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Psoriasis/psoriasis_ff.asp