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Awareness In August: National Psoriasis Month

National Psoriasis Month

We Can Do Our Part Durning National Psoriasis Month

Even if we don’t suffer psoriasis personally, we’re probably aware of it without really knowing it. That’s because psoriasis is actually the most common autoimmune disease in the United States and affects around 7.5 million Americans and affects people the most in between the ages of 15 and 35.

What, exactly, is it? This skin condition is a chronic disease that causes scaly patches on the skin due to new skin cells forming in days, rather than the normal amount of time in weeks.  This causes the dead skin cells to remain on the surface and creates the thick patches of dry, itchy and red skin.

The problem with some folks regarding psoriasis—besides the discomfort for the individual with the disease—is that a lot of people don’t really understand it. They mistakenly think that psoriasis is contagious, and this has led to a stigma against it. As a result, many Americans with psoriasis report feeling anxious, embarrassed, and even depressed.

August is National Psoriasis Month, it would be lovely if we could do our part during the next few weeks to spread the word that this disease is both common and non-contagious. The more people we can inform about this disease, maybe it might mitigate some of the emotional difficulty that affected people might experience.

The Maria Sanchez Show will be joining with you to spread awareness and dispel stigmas and myths around psoriasis this August.

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