There are nearly 8 million Americans living with Psoriasis.
Living with Psoriasis – Facts & Figures
- Auto -immune disease – According to the National Psoriasis Foundation Psoriasis is a chronic auto-immune disease that appears on the skin.
- NOT contagious – Appearing as a rash or sores on the skin, Psoriasis is not contagious.
- 5 types – There are five types Psoriasis known (see below).
- Often accompanied by other chronic health problems – It is not unusual to have diabetes, depression, arthritis, heart disease or other chronic health issues when you have Psoriasis.
- Cause – The main source or cause of Psoriasis is unknown.
Types of Psoriasis
- Plaque Psoriasis – The most common type of Psoriasis, with 125 million affected worldwide. This free Plaque Psoriasis/Psoriatic Arthritis kit from the drug company AbbVie® may help.
- Pustular Psoriasis – Mainly affects adults and is characterized by small, pus filled blisters that are surrounded by red irritated skin.
- Inverse Psoriasis – Occurs in warm areas such as the armpit, groin, under breasts, and around the genital area and buttocks. Often accompanied by another type of Psoriasis, it appears as a red, shiny, irritation on the skin.
- Erythodermic Psoriasis – 3% of people who have Psoriasis will experience Erythodermic Psoriasis. It is dangerous and can cause increased body temperature, increased heart rate, severe inflammation and other life threatening symptoms, requiring immediate attention.
- Guttate Psoriasis – The 2nd most common type of Psoriasis, it affects younger people & children and appears on the trunk of the body and limbs.
Your physician will determine the best treatments for the symptoms. There are a number of treatments available, depending on the type of Psoriasis you have.
- Alternative Medicines – These can include natural sunlight therapy, herbal skin detox therapies, and more.
- Topical Treatments – Topical ointments may or may not include steroids. Creams and washes can all be used to help treat itching, dryness and scaling.
- Pharmaceutical Medications – Referred to as “Systemic Medications” it includes Biologics. Can be taken orally, by injection or via infusions.
- Photo-therapy – Using UV rays from special lights, guided closely by your physician. Success requires consistency.
Auto-immune diseases tend to be somewhat individually based and symptoms can vary from person to person.
Living with Psoriasis – How We Can Help
- Nursing Staff – Our nursing staff can offer medical assistance that can include making sure medication and therapies are used regularly and properly. Our nurses will follow the care guidelines your physician requires; making sure that your care is consistent.
- Caregiving – Auto-immune diseases often cause other health issues that can make for difficult living. We can make sure that you are given the proper care to allow you to be rested, live in healthy conditions and eat healthier.
Accredited Home Care can help make life easier by offering both nursing aides and in-home caregiving options. Living with Psoriasis can be challenging, but with the help of others you can live a fairly normal life in comfort.