August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

Psoriasis Awareness

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

Assistance In Home Care takes pride in educating their care givers on a wide range of diseases and conditions they may be exposed to while caring for their clients. This ensures our care givers are prepared and able to provide the best quality care for your loved ones.

This month, Assistance In Home Care is supporting the National Psoriasis Foundation to raise awareness for people living with psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin.

Living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can be a daily struggle. The best way to cope is to learn everything you can about the physical and emotional side effects, as well as the vast array of treatment options available for managing psoriatic disease.

Living with psoriasis has unique challenges. The good news is health care providers are becoming more aware of the impact psoriasis can have on a person’s quality of life. Researchers are focused more now than ever on finding solutions to those challenges.

Psoriasis signs and symptoms can vary from person to person but may include one or more of the following:

1) Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
2) Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
3) Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
4) Itching, burning or soreness
5) Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
6) Swollen and stiff joints

The primary goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly.

While there isn’t a cure, psoriasis treatments may offer significant relief. Lifestyle measures, such as using a nonprescription cortisone cream and exposing your skin to small amounts of natural sunlight, also may improve your psoriasis symptoms. Used alone, creams and ointments that you apply to your skin can effectively treat mild to moderate psoriasis.

When the disease is more severe, creams are likely to be combined with oral medications or light therapy.

Coping with psoriasis can be a challenge, especially if the disease covers large areas of your body or is in places easily seen by other people, such as your face or hands. The ongoing, nature of the disease and the treatment challenges only add to the burden.

To learn more and see what you can do to support National Psoriasis Awareness Month, visit

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