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Psoriasis Action Month Encourages People to Take Control of Their Disease

Portland, Ore. (August 1, 2018) — August is Psoriasis Action Month and the National Psoriasis Foundation, NPF, wants people living with psoriasis to take control of their disease and understand that things can change — from personal disease symptoms to the number of psoriasis treatments available. With today’s options, treating psoriasis to achieve clear skin and optimal health is more possible now than ever before — and the results can be life-changing.

During Psoriasis Action Month, people can participate in an interactive quiz to understand the impact psoriasis has on their life and how to manage their disease to achieve clear skin. For people living with psoriasis, it is critical to treat their disease appropriately in order to achieve good overall health. Regardless of the type of treatment (phototherapy, topical treatments, systemic drugs or biologics), patients who appropriately manage their disease report a higher quality of life, less absenteeism at work and are more productive.

Living with psoriatic disease not only means experiencing burning, itching, and cracked skin, it also puts people at a greater risk of developing comorbidities, or related health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, depression, obesity, diabetes and other conditions. The optimal way to manage psoriatic disease is to work with a health care provider to find a treatment(s) that reduces or eliminates symptoms. Research has yielded new and various treatments – patients are encouraged to find the regimen that works for them.

For assistance in finding a specialist in your area, contact the National Psoriasis Foundation Patient Navigation Center.

Ways to Participate in Psoriasis Action Month

Visit www.psoriasis.org/psoriasis-action-month to participate in an interactive quiz and learn the impact psoriasis has on your life and how to better manage your disease.

Follow the National Psoriasis Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to connect with the psoriatic disease community. Share NPF social posts and updates using the hashtag #PsoriasisActionMonth.

Join our Facebook Live discussion on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. eastern / 8:30 a.m. pacific, to hear about the successes and difficulties psoriasis patient Chris Pettit has faced while working to find the right treatment to clear his skin and achieve optimal overall health.  

Get active and meet others living with psoriatic disease! Find a Team NPF Cycle, Run or Walk event and help raise awareness. Join us in person or as a virtual participant.

Help advance psoriatic disease research by participating in Citizen Pscientist.

Donate to NPF to help support advancements in psoriatic disease research and NPF programs and services.

Advocate! NPF has a strong advocacy and government relations strategy, but nothing resonates better with lawmakers than hearing from their own constituents on the challenges and barriers of living with a chronic disease.

Effecting more than 8 million Americans, psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated disease that most often appears on the skin as painful, raised, red, itchy patches. Men and women develop psoriasis at equal rates, and the disease occurs in all racial groups, however at varying rates. Psoriasis is not contagious. It is not something one can "catch" from another person, as psoriasis lesions are not infectious.

If you believe you may have psoriasis, consult your health care provider and a dermatologist for a formal diagnosis and get started on a treatment plan. To answer questions, or for help finding a specialist in your area, contact the National Psoriasis Foundation Patient Navigation Center at psoriasis.org/navigationcenter

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About the National Psoriasis Foundation

Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research funding, and education, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million Americans affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $21 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at www.psoriasis.org.