What is psoriasis? What does having psoriatic arthritis feel like? I wrote about what a flare of PsA feels like for me, and it’s no cake walk.

The New York Times has a really interesting series called “Patient Voices,” where reporters and photographers talk to people with a certain condition, record them and publish photographs. They did one on psoriasis and PSA, and it’s really good. That little 5-year-old girl breaks my heart.

Another great resource to learn more is the National Psoriasis Foundation. There is all kinds of great information there, plus ways to get involved, advocacy ideas and research information. Here’s some of the quick facts the organisation has about psoriasis:

  • Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S., affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans.
  • Psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells, resulting in painful red, scaly patches on the body that bleed and itch.
  • Psoriasis is not contagious.
  • Psoriasis frequently occurs with a range of other health concerns including diabetes, hypertension, heart attack and depression.
  • Psoriasis impacts the emotions. Nearly 70 percent of people with psoriasis say their disease makes them feel self-conscious, embarrassed and helpless.
  • Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, swelling and stiffness around the joints.
  • There currently is no cure for psoriasis.

What are some of the resources you use?

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