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Did You Know?
- Psoriasis is the Most Common Autoimmune Disease in the United States
- More than 7 millions Americans have the disease.
- Psoriasis Effects People of All Age Groups
- Normally, it develops between the ages of 15-35. Approximately 33% have their first occurrence before the age of 20.
- Heredity Plays a Role
- If one of your parents has psoriasis, you have a 10% chance of developing the disease. If both parents have it, the chances increase to 50%.
- Psoriasis is Not Contagious
- The lesions are not infectious or open wounds. They pose no threat to others.
(Sources: National Psoriasis Foundation, American Academy of Dermatology)
Signs and symptoms:
- Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales
- Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
- Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
- Itching, burning and soreness
- Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
- Swollen and stiff joints
What are the treatment options?
Using high quality and deeply moisturizing products is crucial when treating this uncomfortable skin condition. Skin Dimensions, SB Bath Oil and Moisturizing Cream, locks water into your skin and prevents it from evaporating. By controlling the moisture content of the affected areas, you are likely to prevent further outbreaks and heal current flare-ups quicker. In addition to these Skin Dimensions products, topical steroids (cortisone) in creams, ointments, and lotions can help to reduce psoriasis and eliminate the redness and itching.
To schedule an appointment with a board certified dermatologist at Soderstrom Skin Institute, call 1-888-970-7546.