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Psoriasis Awareness Month

Article originally posted by Healthline.

What is Psoriasis Awareness Month?

Psoriasis Awareness Month unites people living with psoriasis for the month of August, so they can support each other and campaign for the common goal of finding a cure for psoriasis.

You may enjoy participating in Psoriasis Awareness Month because it’s an opportunity to share your psoriasis journey and hear about other people’s experiences. Doing so can build community and deepen your understanding of the condition.

Raising awareness also encourages new research into psoriasis in order to improve our current knowledge and treatments.

Why is awareness important?

Misconceptions about psoriasis can lead to stigma. Research from 2020 suggests that living with psoriasis can affect an individual’s social well-being.

Increasing psoriasis awareness shatters myths about the condition, which better supports people living with psoriasis. Sharing the facts about psoriasis creates a more inclusive environment for those living with this chronic condition.

For example, some people believe that psoriasis is contagious. This may lead to unfounded fear and avoidance of people who have the condition. It’s important to help others understand that psoriasis isn’t contagious but is caused by an overly active immune system.

Psoriasis Awareness Month is also an opportunity to support the case for psoriasis research. There’s a lot we don’t know about this chronic skin disorder, and there is no cure.

However, with treatment, psoriasis can be managed. And more research can help people with psoriasis understand how best to live with their condition — and get us closer to finding a cure.

Treating your Psoriasis

The doctors at SkinMD develop a customized treatment plan, depending on the type and severity of your psoriasis. These are a few examples of the therapies that may be included in your treatment:

  • Traditional Systematic Anti-Psoriatic Medications: These medications work by controlling skin cell growth or by suppressing your immune system.
  • Topical Medications: Different types of topical medications may slow skin growth and reduce symptoms such as inflammation, itching, and scaling.
  • Biologic Medications: Biologics target very specific parts of your immune system responsible for causing psoriasis.
  • Phototherapy: The doctors at SkinMd use the XTRAC® laser to effectively treat psoriasis. This cutting-edge device emits a highly targeted beam of ultraviolet B light that clears your symptoms, prolongs remission, and restores your skin’s health.

If you develop itchy, scaly plaques, call SkinMD to begin treatment to relieve your symptoms.

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