Tips for Seniors with Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease in the US. Since it is more than just a basic skin condition, it is helpful for seniors to learn to manage it.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, an estimated 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. (National Psoriasis Foundation)
Psoriasis is a disease that primarily affects the skin, but it can have a larger impact. Helping seniors manage their psoriasis can improve their quality of life. August is Psoriasis Awareness month, and is intended to help educate people about this disease.
The Basic Facts of Psoriasis
Understanding psoriasis is a smart first step for learning to manage it. People living with psoriasis may think the disease is just a rash, and oftentimes do not seek the helpful medical attention that can reduce the effects of the condition.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the autoimmune system. That means the disease can increase or decrease in intensity, and is not curable. The main effects of the disease are inflammation of the skin and thickened, scaling skin. There are several types of psoriasis.
What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?
The symptoms of psoriasis are often visible or tangible. Common symptoms include:
Itching (sometimes severe)
Fungus around the nails
Red or pink bumps on the skin
Scaly or raised up skin
How Does Psoriasis Affect Quality of Life?
Both the inflammation and itchiness associated with psoriasis can lower quality of life, and in some cases can even affect one’s ability to work or cause depression. The appearance of psoriasis plaques on the skin can also affect self-esteem and self-image. Since the disease can flare up or reduce in intensity at any time, it can also cause anxiety and frustration.
How Can Psoriasis be Treated?
While there is no cure for psoriasis, there are medicines that can reduce inflammation, itchiness, and flare-ups of the disease. Likewise, there are steps people with psoriasis