Psoariasis Awareness Month
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, and Spokane Dermatology Clinic is embarking on an awareness campaign! We hope to empower our patients to take control of their health while raising awareness for our neighbors who are affected by psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic disease of the immune system that most often appears on the skin as painful, raised, red, itchy patches. Men and women develop psoriasis at equal rates, and the disease occurs in all racial groups, however at varying rates. Psoriasis is not contagious. It is not something one can "catch" from another person as psoriasis lesions are not infectious.
Living with psoriasis can be an everyday battle—from aches and pains, exhaustion, risk of comorbid conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, to dealing with the stigma associated with such a visual disease. The best way for patients to fight this battle is to fully understand the physical and emotional impact and the various treatment options available for managing psoriasis.
Psoriasis signs and symptoms are different for everyone. Common signs and symptoms include:
Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
Itching, burning or soreness
Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
Swollen and stiff joints
Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas.
Most types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time or even going into complete remission.
If you suspect that you may have psoriasis, make an appointment with Dr. Reese for an examination here at Spokane Dermatology Clinic. Also, consider an appointment with Dr. Reese if your psoriasis:
• Causes you discomfort and pain
• Makes performing routine tasks difficult
• Causes you concern about the appearance of your skin
• Leads to joint problems, such as pain, swelling or inability to perform daily tasks