January 9, 2018

Kim Kardashian and Cyndi Lauper Have Openly Discussed Psoriasis

Woman scratching head psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis affects more than half of those who have psoriasis


Psoriasis is a skin disease that affects roughly 7.5 million Americans and 125 million people worldwide. It can affect all ages and can appear for the first time at any age.  In fact, you may be surprised to know that many celebrities suffer from psoriasis as well. Kim Kardashian and Cyndi Lauper are just two of the many celebrities that have made it known publicly that they have been diagnosed with psoriasis.  It leaves itchy, red, scaling, raised patches on the skin. The true cause of psoriasis is unknown; however, it is believed to be an immune mediated disease where skin cells are in overdrive and rapidly producing more than normal. Genetics also most likely play a major role. Most recent studies are showing a correlation between psoriasis and heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Psoriasis is most commonly located on the elbows, knees and scalp but can occur anywhere on the body. Psoriasis is not contagious.

It is important to recognize that psoriasis can be very traumatic to the individual suffering from it and can have many emotional and psycho social side effects. Often individuals are embarrassed of how their skin looks or are treated differently by people who do not understand what is going on with their skin. There is currently no cure for psoriasis so treatment is based on symptoms.

If you suffer from psoriasis there are some things you can to relieve the symptoms. First of all, take advantage of the Vitamin D produced by the summer sun. (IMPORTANT: You should still use broad-spectrum sunscreen on all areas of unaffected skin). Stay outside for only 10 minutes at a time and gradually step that up. The UV rays from the sun have proven to help psoriasis and slow down skin cell growth. Sun exposure as treatment should be discussed with your physician. Multiple studies have shown that a healthy diet that is low in sugar can dramatically improve psoriasis. This means avoiding not only candy and sweets but foods high in carbs or that may convert to sugars in the body such as pasta and alcohol.

Over the counter moisturizers and cortisone creams may be beneficial. To relieve both itch and inflammation.

See a dermatologist. There are many prescription medications and lasers that are available to help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis and put the disease in remission. You do not need to suffer any longer and you are not alone. You can visit the National Foundation for Psoriasis online for more information at www.psoriasis.org.


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