August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month
About National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)
If you are one of the fortunate people who have never experienced psoriasis or even known someone who have the disease, then it’s hard for you to understand how devastating this disease can be. The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease, increase awareness and improve the lives of those affected. Dr. Marcus Goodman at Goodman Dermatology in Roswell, GA wants to help spread the word about psoriasis and encourage anyone who believes they might have psoriasis, to seek treatment immediately.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that is believed to be related to an immune system problem with cells in your body. The immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth of skin cells. Researchers have found genes that are linked to the development of psoriasis, but environmental factors also play a role.
Causes of Psoriasis
External triggers can cause flares that often appear as scaly, red, itchy patches that can crack and bleed. Triggers include stress, injury to the skin, such as tattoos or scrapes; smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, cold weather, some topical medications and certain infections. While there is no scientific evidence, many believe that certain foods can trigger flare-ups.
Dr. Marcus Goodman at Goodman Dermatology in Roswell, GA sees patients regularly who suffer from the disease. That is not surprising considering that psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S. and affects over 125 million people worldwide. While psoriasis is not completely curable, it can be controlled and Dr. Goodman has had great success for his patients in his customized treatment of psoriasis.
Main Type of Psoriasis
There are many types of psoriasis but the most common type is Plaque Psoriasis. In plaque psoriasis the patient’s skin has patches of raised, inflamed, red skin covered with silvery, white scales. The patches may itch and burn and can show up just about anywhere on the body but most often on elbows, knees, scalp and lower back.
This is a before and after photo of one of Dr. Goodman’s patients who developed psoriasis. You can see the patches on her knees and other areas on her legs. As you can see in the after photo, he was able to successfully treat this patient through a customized treatment program designed specifically for her.
Other Conditions Caused by Psoriasis
Psoriasis can be a source of embarrassment for many people who suffer from the disease. Others who are not knowledgeable about the disease may fear it’s contagious and avoid contact with individuals who have psoriasis. Studies show that people with psoriasis report higher levels of anxiety, embarrassment and depression. In a National Psoriasis Foundation study, more than half the respondents said psoriasis impacts with their ability to enjoy life.
Not only can psoriasis have a negative emotional toll, it can also It is important lead to psoriatic arthritis. In this condition the person can experience joint pain; stiffness and swelling. Therefore it is very important for people with psoriasis to seek treatment of their condition early so that your doctor can watch for potential onset of any health issues related to psoriasis.
Treating your psoriasis is critical to good disease management and overall health. There are many treatment options for treating and managing psoriasis so it’s important to use a physician that is experienced is psoriasis treatment like Dr. Marcus Goodman. What works for one patient doesn’t always work in another. Dr. Goodman works with his psoriasis patients to find just the right treatment and management program for the individual.
Goodman Dermatology is located in Roswell, GA. Dr. Goodman treats psoriasis patients from locations all over north Georgia including Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek, Marietta, and Sandy Springs. If you think you may have psoriasis, call and have Dr. Goodman make the determination and develop a treatment plan just for you.