What is it? Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings. Psoriasis is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
Why the observance? Each August, the National Psoriasis Foundation sponsors Psoriasis Awareness Month to raise awareness, encourage research and advocate for better care for people with psoriasis. Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S., affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans.
How can I be involved? NPF is the official sponsor of this observance. They are committed to forming a coalition of Psoriatic Psuperheroes to create a movement to spread the word that psoriasis isn’t contagiousâ€”awareness is! Throughout the month, NPF will provide resources for treating and managing psoriatic disease to empower you to take control of your health. Learn more in our resources below!
To learn more about Psoriasis Awareness Month, check out the following resources:
Psoriasis Awareness Month: NPF (Psoriasis.org)
The official sponsor of Psoriasis Awareness Month! Each week, we’ll unlock a new challenge to test your knowledge and provide you with everything you need to live a full, vibrant and active life.
WHO: Psoriasis (World Health Organization)
Learn more about psoriasis and download the fact sheet here.