This August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis is defined as an common skin problem that presents as silvery dry patchy skin that is itchy and painful. According to WebMD psoriasis may be caused by the immune system over reacting, causing inflammation and flaking of the skin to occur. There are several types of psoriasis such as mild which is a small flaky rash, moderate, and severe. When a person has severe psoriasis their skin will be itchy and tender. Some people may think it's contagious but it is not. Though it is mostly found in adults, children and teens can get it too. Psoriasis doesn't truly go away, but with treatment it can go into remission.
According to Psoraisis.org, “psoriasis affects as many as 7.5 million people in the U.S. ....one third of those who get psoriasis are under 20 years old when the disease first surfaces.” It's also known that if one parent has it, it is likely that the child may have a small chance of having it as well. Some triggers for psoriasis can be other infections such strep throat, bronchitis or tonsillitis. Other triggers can be cold weather, stress, obesity, certain medicines, and skin irritations. For more information please visit The National Psoriasis Foundation. So share the news and awareness by sharing this article.