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As a chronic autoimmune disease, psoriasis affects over 3% of the adult population in the U.S. and is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country. Furthermore, one in three people with psoriasis may also develop psoriatic arthritis, which can severely impact on quality of life.

For many patients, symptoms can fluctuate due to a variety of triggers and factors that include stress, skin injury and the weather. This makes finding the most effective, balanced treatment option difficult.

It is not surprising therefore that many of those who suffer from psoriasis are additionally prone to depression and anxiety as they attempt to deal with the stigmas associated with the disease. Many still feel ostracized and have difficulty coming forward to talk about the condition, or finding someone who they are comfortable to confide in.

Though there is no cure available, current options include topical treatments, phototherapy and systemic treatments, with many individuals also opting for what is referred to as complementary therapies which include acupuncture and supplements. Treatment plans differ from patient to patient depending on the type of psoriasis, its location, severity and the possible existence of other health conditions.

Keeping track of the latest developments in psoriasis is essential, and so too is the need for dermatologists to not just recognize the many physical and medical challenges that come with a psoriasis diagnosis, but also to understand and identify the psychological aspects. It is important to provide collaborative care with other specialists such as psychiatrists, rheumatologists as well as primary care physicians, in order to provide the most suitable treatment plan for their patients.

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month and a perfect opportunity to highlight this disease and attempt to understand and appreciate the many facets that accompany a psoriasis diagnosis for both patients and health care providers.

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