October 29th kicks off the annual celebration for World Psoriasis Day. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that has a global community of over 125 million strong. Together, we are united for World Psoriasis Day in building understanding, spreading information, and driving change.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a systemic inflammatory disease that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. As a result, the body has extra skin cells that form itchy red patches on the skin. The patches are itchy and often painful. In some cases, psoriasis causes the joints to become inflamed and stiff. This is called psoriatic arthritis.
We do not fully understand the exact cause of psoriasis, though research suggests an overactive immune system plays a role. Psoriasis is triggered by certain factors such as:
- Injury to the skin
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Heavy alcohol consumption
Individuals with psoriasis are at a higher risk of getting other diseases. Some examples include type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and kidney disease. Psoriasis usually affects a person’s quality of life. This can often lead to depression and other emotional challenges.
Celebrate World Psoriasis Day
Everyone is welcome to celebrate World Psoriasis Day. Check out a list of activities and events by clicking here. Whether you have psoriasis or not, you can join the celebration by:
- Educating yourself on psoriasis and treatment options
- Scheduling an appointment with your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis.
- Reaching out to anyone you know who has psoriasis.
- Sharing your story with others if you have psoriasis.
- Using the hashtag #WorldPsoriasisDay when sharing on social media.
Psoriasis doesn’t have a cure, but clinical research studies change how we diagnose, treat, and eventually cure this deadly disease. A cure for psoriasis will not come from just one person. By participating in clinical research studies, you may gain access to new options under evaluation currently for psoriasis, as well. To learn more about psoriasis research studies enrolling in your area, click here to view a list of opportunities in your area.