Dr. Bernard Gasch, an esteemed dermatologist at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery in Portland, Oregon, reminds the public that Psoriasis Awareness Month is around the corner. The National Psoriasis Foundation sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month every August. This month-long initiative aims to not only raise awareness of psoriasis, but also educate the public, as well as dispel the misinformation, myths, and stigmas surrounding the disease.
To promote this awareness effort, Dr. Gasch is speaking out on this widespread and often misunderstood condition.
“Psoriasis is the term used to describe a group of chronic skin disorders that most frequently occur on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet and genitals. While not contagious, a flare-up can cause extreme discomfort,” explains Dr. Gasch. “It affects individuals of all ages and can develop in different forms.”
Psoriasis is a widespread autoimmune disease, affecting an estimated 7.5 million Americans. While the exact cause of the condition is unknown, it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetics and environmental triggers, such as stress, injury and certain medications. Most forms of psoriasis manifest as raised, red, scaly patches on the skin that can be itchy or painful.
In addition to the discomfort caused by flare-ups, researchers have linked psoriasis to a number of serious conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Psoriasis can also take an emotional toll on patients, causing increased instances of anxiety and depression. In addition, as much as 30 percent of the psoriasis population develops psoriatic arthritis, which causes inflammation and pain in the joints, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Dr. Gasch emphasizes the importance of treating and maintaining this disease.
“While there is no cure for psoriasis, proper treatment can make a great difference in the life of a patient. In some cases, symptoms can be successfully treated for months, years or even permanently,” says Dr. Gasch. “To achieve the best possible outcome, patients need to be their own best advocate and seek proper treatment with the help of a qualified and experienced dermatologist.”
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