The Importance of Psoriasis Awareness

Each summer, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) recognizes Psoriasis Action Month. Great Care in-home care services joins in the health awareness campaign as a time to educate the public and dispel myths associated with the chronic autoimmune disease that appears on the skin.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis.  Psoriatic disease also creates greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, depression and other health conditions, also known as “comorbidities.”

The National Psoriasis Foundation has played a major role in advocating and spearheading research — which did not start until the early 1970s — into the genetics of psoriasis. Researchers and healthcare professionals are still learning about psoriasis and its causes and triggers.

“Psoriasis triggers are not universal,” the Foundation says. “What may cause one person’s psoriasis to become active, may not affect another.”

The NPF reports that triggers can include stress, which causes psoriasis to flare for the first time or aggravate existing psoriasis. The solution? The Foundation suggests relaxation and stress reduction to prevent stress from impacting psoriasis.

Infection can also be a trigger, according to the NPF.

“Anything that can affect the immune system can affect psoriasis,” the Foundation says. “You may experience a flare-up following an earache, bronchitis, tonsillitis or a respiratory infection.”

The Foundation mentions that other possible triggers reported by those with psoriasis — though they haven’t been scientifically proven — include allergies, diet and weather. Psoriasis can appear in areas of the skin that have been injured or traumatized, referred to as the Koebner [KEB-ner] phenomenon. Some with gluten-related dietary issues have found they have less complications when they cut out gluten.

”Vaccinations, sunburns and scratches can all trigger a Koebner response,” the NPF says.

To learn more about psoriasis, take the NPF’s interactive quiz to test your knowledge of psoriasis. People can also follow the Foundation on Instagram, which features special weekly guests and chances for free merchandise. People can also donate to help fund research that will someday lead to a cure.
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About Julie S.

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at Great Care of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Great Care is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
• Daytime hourly in-home care
• Temporary or post-hospital respite care
• 24-hour, around-the-clock home care
• Morning and evening care
• Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.
Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.