October 29th – World Psoriasis Day

Today is World Psoriasis Day – do you or someone you know suffer from this chronic skin condition?  There are more treatments available now and there are groups working together to bring more awareness and help for those that suffer from psoriasis.

According to psoriasis.org the National Psoriasis Foundation has put together a 5-point action plan in order to bring about better treatments and possibly a cure for this painful disease. They are gather funds to support new and innovative research, along with being able to hire more research scientists.  They are also working to provide DNA samples in order to attempt to discover any specific genes that may predetermine someone getting psoriasis.  Finally they are working with policymakers to increase government investments and encouraging patients to participate in research studies and clinical trials.

Psoriasis is not contagious, it is the most common autoimmune disease and can cause skin discoloration and flaky skin.  There are five different types of psoriasis, the most common being plaque psoriasis.  This is most commonly found on elbows, knees, scalp and lower back.

For more information or to find out how you can help find better treatments and maybe even the cure for psoriasis, go to http://www.psoriasis.org/