August is Psoriasis Action Month! How much do you know about psoriasis treatment options?
Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious immune-mediated disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.
It affects more than 8 million Americans. An estimated 125 million people worldwide live with psoriasis.
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the disease, affecting 80 percent of those with psoriasis. It appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells.
Other types of psoriasis:
- Guttate: Small dot-like lesions
- Pustular: White blisters surrounded by red skin
- Inverse: Appears as very red lesions in body folds, such as behind the knee, under the arm or in the groin
- Erythrodermic: severe form of psoriasis that leads to widespread, fiery redness over most of the body. It can cause severe itching and pain, and make the skin come off in sheets.
Psoriasis can appear anywhere on the body, but most frequently occurs on the scalp, knees, elbows and torso. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. Genetics and external factors known as “triggers” play a role in the develop.
This August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) has developed new tools to help you take control of this disease. To start, test your knowledge on psoriasis treatment options!
All quiz takers have the option to receive an NPF journaling kit. * Then, share this quiz with your colleagues and friends to increase awareness about Psoriasis Action Month and encourage others to take an active role in treating and managing the disease.
* Due to shipping costs, journaling kits are only available to residents of the U.S. and Canada. But anyone can get in touch with the NPF Patient Navigation Center to ask a question about their disease and learn more about treatment options!