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Psoriasis Action Month
August 28th, 2018 MagniLife

Are you one of the 7.5 million Americans who suffer from Psoriasis?

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, a public health and awareness campaign sponsored by the National Psoriasis Foundation for educating the public, raising awareness and dispelling myths about the disease.

With that in mind, we offer this brief summary of facts about Psoriasis and the options for treating it.

What is Psoriasis?

The American Academy of Dermatology defines psoriasis simply as “a condition that causes the body to make new skin cells in days rather than weeks.”

For an estimated 80% to 90% of people who have the condition, those cells accumulate on the surface of the skin and create thick, scaly patches known as “plaques.”

The areas of the body most commonly affected are the knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp. The affected areas of skin typically itch, sting, burn, and feel painful and tight.

In addition to the physical discomfort, the unsightly condition often causes the psychological discomfort of embarrassment.

What causes Psoriasis?

It is believed that the primary cause of psoriasis is genetics and the immune system.

“In those with psoriasis, the immune system sends abnormal signals that significantly accelerate the growth process of the skin cells,” the Consumer Health Digest explains. “A person needs to have a combination of certain genes that cause psoriasis along with exposure to external triggers like skin injury, stress, smoking and infections.”

Psoriasis Prevention & Relief

There is no cure for psoriasis, but there are ways to prevent the frequency of occurrences and severity of symptoms.

The best way to prevent psoriasis flare-ups is to avoid the things that trigger them. Different people have different triggers, so it’s important for those who have psoriasis to learn what their triggers are.

However, once symptoms are present, they will only get worse without treatment.

There are various treatment options for psoriasis, including prescription and non-prescription medications and methods. The appropriate treatment, or combination of treatments, depends on the severity of the condition and the needs of each particular patient.

Phototherapy is an advanced treatment that uses certain types of light, such as UVB and lasers. It is usually given at a psoriasis treatment center or hospital, up to three times per week. However, there are also portable light-boxes and handheld devices available that can be prescribed for at-home use.

Another advanced treatment option is medication that works throughout the body, and taken either orally or by injection, depending on the specific medication.

However, most people treat psoriasis simply with topical medication that is applied directly to the skin. These medications are available as creams, ointments, gels, and foams. As the name implies, topicals work on top of the skin, where the symptoms appear, and can help slow the growth of skin cells.

Our own topical product, MagniLife Psoriasis Care+, provides immediate and long-lasting relief. This soothing gel calms the pain and itching of red, inflamed, dry and scaly skin, and delivers moisture deep within the skin to help prevent symptom recurrence. And there’s no prescription necessary, so you don’t need a doctor’s permission to get the immediate relief you need.

Please join us in shining a spotlight on Psoriasis Awareness Month by sharing this newsletter with friends and family. Together, we can raise awareness about this painful and irritating condition, and provide help to those who suffer from it.

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