General Information About Psoriasis
Stress- If a person is stressed, it can trigger Psoriasis. Flare-ups are common and can be accompanied by itching sensation as well. Once Psoriasis occurs the person can feel excessively self-conscious and embarrassed, leading to more stress. The treatment of Psoriasis can be time-consuming and expensive, thereby leading to even more stress in the patient.
Weather and climate- The combination of excessive cold outside and the presence of indoor heating agents inside can trigger Psoriasis. Both conditions in combination dry out the skin and can make existing Psoriasis conditions worse. Illness during winter can debilitate the immunity of a person, making them more prone to Psoriasis. Being in the sun can dramatically help improve the condition. However, usage of the air conditioner must be avoided as it dries the skin. Using moisturizers on a regular basis also helps to curtail Psoriasis.
Injuries on the skin- Skin injuries because of acupuncture, certain vaccinations, bruises, bites, chafing of skin, burns, scraping of skin, irritation from chemicals, shaving, excessive pressure over skin, tattoos, using adhesive tapes over the skin, cuts, sunburns, skin peeling treatments, scratching and rubbing of skin can all trigger Psoriasis. This condition is referred to as Koebner effect. As many as half of the total percentage of Psoriasis patients are affected by this condition. Various skin inflictions like Herpes blisters, boils, vitiligo, dermatitis, Lichen planus, scabies etc. can result in flare-ups.
Infections- Various infections can also be a trigger factor for development of Psoriasis. Infections include strep throat, which triggers Guttate type of Psoriasis. Then, infections in the upper respiratory tract, HIV, skin boils etc. can also trigger Psoriasis.
Medications and Drugs For Psoriasis
Medications and drugs- Patients already suffering from Psoriasis, tend to develop more flare-ups when they ingest Lithium. Medications intended to treat high blood pressure can also trigger Psoriasis. Medications such as Inderal worsen existing symptoms of Psoriasis in 25 or 30% of Psoriasis patients. Heart medications like Quinidine also trigger Psoriasis. If a person is taking medication like Indomethacin for an arthritic condition, then Psoriasis can also be triggered by its intake. However, if the patient is suffering from Psoriatic Arthritis then this medicine can curtail these symptoms. Medications to prevent malaria also cause Psoriasis flare-ups. Excessive usage of Corticosteroids or stopping the medication suddenly can also trigger Psoriasis.
Hormonal changes- Typically, once a person is beyond puberty, the overall hormonal concentrations reduce. Symptoms pertaining to Psoriasis show improvement during pregnancy when hormonal levels surge. However, once the child is born, hormonal levels reduce, again triggering Psoriasis.
Smoking- People who smoke regularly are more prone to developing Pustular Psoriasis. Chain smokers are susceptible to fatal conditions of Psoriasis as well as Plaque kind of Psoriasis. The best way to deal with this is by quitting smoking.
Alcohol- Drinking and consumption of alcohol is also a trigger factor for Psoriasis. In fact, the efficacy of treatments is hampered when alcohol is ingested.
In addition to the above, certain kinds of allergies can also trigger Psoriasis. Changing one’s diet to include healthy, balanced meals can help keep Psoriasis at bay.
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The origin of psoriasis is not yet found but it is thought to have a genetic component and known factors that may lead to psoriasis include stress, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking. There are a great number of treatments that can be applied but thanks to its chronic recurrent nature psoriasis is a difficult illness to find a good treatment for.A diagnosis of psoriasis is often taken from the appearance of the skin; there are no known blood tests or diagnostic methods for psoriasis. Resulting from the level and location of the psoriasis Psoriasis sufferers can experience significant physical discomfort and some disability – itching and pain could interfere with simple functions, such as self-care, walking, and sleep.
Psoriasis Cure Now Releases New Podcast Discussing Remicade as a Psoriasis Treatment
Kensington, MD (PRWEB) October 5, 2006
“Psoriasis Cure Now,” a nonprofit patient advocacy group, has released the newest in its series of psoriasis podcasts, this one focused on Remicade (infliximab) for the treatment of psoriasis. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Centocor’s Remicade for the treatment of adults with severe psoriasis. The free podcast is available on the Psoriasis Cure Now website at http://www.psoriasis-cure-now.org/podcasts.php , or through iTunes.
The podcast includes a pair of interviews. Alan Menter, M.D., Chairman of the Division of Dermatology at Baylor University Medical Center and a renowned dermatologist, speaks about Remicade’s efficacy and safety profile. Dr. Menter was the lead investigator for Remicade’s U.S. psoriasis study. The podcast also includes an interview with Mike Hills, a Remicade patient from Virginia, who shares his experience with the treatment and walks us through an infusion from the patient perspective. Remicade is delivered via intravenous infusion in a medical setting, a procedure with which many patients are not yet familiar.
“Remicade is an important new treatment option for people with severe psoriasis, so we put together interviews with a top psoriasis expert and a man treating his psoriasis with Remicade to help people understand what Remicade is and whether it might be appropriate for them,” said Michael Paranzino, president of Psoriasis Cure Now. “That psoriasis patient waited a quarter century to clear his skin, and many psoriasis patients have been waiting even longer than that. People who are not satisfied with their current condition owe it to themselves to speak with their physician about all the new treatment options that have appeared in recent years.”
Remicade is also approved for several other diseases, including psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Previous Psoriasis Cure Now podcasts have covered topics including strategies for treating children with psoriasis, and the future of psoriasis treatments. The next one, to be released near the end of October, will be an introduction to psoriatic arthritis. They are all available free from the Psoriasis Cure Now website and via iTunes.
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Psoriasis Cure Now Announces National Short Sleeve Day on September 15
Kensington, MD (PRWEB) August 13, 2007
Psoriasis Cure Now, a nonprofit patient advocacy group, announced the first national Short Sleeve Day, to be held on September 15, 2007. On this day, psoriasis patients from coast to coast, and their loved ones, will don short sleeves and engage the public about psoriasis. The Day, which includes local events in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Salt Lake City and Chicago, also includes a national “virtual” event for those not able to attend one of the public events. Registration is free, and can be done via ShortSleeveDay.com or on the Psoriasis Cure Now website: http://www.psoriasis-cure-now.org/ssd .
“Too often, psoriasis patients opt to skip the pool party, wear long sleeves in summer, or retreat from certain social situations,” said Michael Paranzino, president of Psoriasis Cure Now and himself a psoriasis patient. “Short Sleeve Day will be a great chance for people with psoriasis to change the way psoriasis is perceived and even the way we perceive ourselves.”
The Short Sleeve Day website and official T-shirt feature the clever drawings of New York artist and psoriasis patient Gillian Fisher, and several of the Short Sleeve Day events will feature live music by people with psoriasis, including a Salt Lake City, Utah performance by singer-songwriter and piano rocker Kevin Burdick.
“Short Sleeve Day is a volunteer-driven campaign for awareness and fundraising for the cause,” Paranzino added. “From Gillian Fisher’s compelling art to the powerful stories told in Kevin Burdick’s songs, Short Sleeve Day will inspire psoriasis patients while helping educate the public about the seriousness of this disease. And yes, we’re planning to have fun, too.”
Psoriasis Cure Now is hoping to have people from all 50 states participate in the Virtual Short Sleeve Day event, and all registrants will receive educational materials they can distribute to their family, friends and neighbors on Short Sleeve Day.
The Short Sleeve Day campaign is launching in the midst of another major Psoriasis Cure Now effort, the first-ever Psoriasis Video Contest. So far, ten videos have been entered in the contest, which features $ 10,000 in prize money. The submission deadline is September 26, 2007, with a special $ 1,000 Early Bird prize going to the best video submitted through August 15. You can learn more about the contest and watch the entries on the Psoriasis Cure Now Video Contest website: http://www.psoriasis-cure-now.org/contest.
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