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 sometimes associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
Why the Observance? Each August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) sponsors Psoriasis Action Month to bring attention to the condition, 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 125 million people worldwide.
How Can I Get Involved? During the month of August, visit https://www.psoriasis.org/psa-action-month to learn how you can become a Psoriatic Superhero by sharing information with family and friends, getting active on social or taking part in their other activities. Remember, Psoriasis isn’t contagious — awareness is!
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