August: Psoriasis Awareness Month

It’s August: Psoriasis Awareness Month in the United States.

The condition affects about 8 million people in the United States.
 
Psoriasis is one of the most prevalent, chronic autoimmune diseases. It causes a rapid build-up of skin cells.

This leads to thick, scaly plaques that may itch or cause discomfort.
 
Other related symptoms include –
dry/cracked skin that may bleed,
small scaling spots,
swollen and stiff joints,
soreness
itching/burning sensation around the patches,
thick pitted nails,
and painful or swollen joints.
 
The skin condition can begin at any age, though the disease manifests in adulthood.
 
Treatment for this skin condition aims to reduce inflammation and clear the skin.