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Health Tips for April 21

Posted Apr 21 2011 12:00am
Health Tip: Aggravating Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an immune system disorder that causes red, scaly patches of skin.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says the following triggers can cause the disorder to flare
  • Having an infection, such as the common cold or strep throat.
  • Having a disease that weakens the immune system.
  • Being under stress.
  • Being a smoker.
  • Irritating the skin.
  • Being exposed to cold.
  • Taking certain medications, such as beta blockers for high blood pressure.

Health Tip: Living With Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that occurs when immature skin cells rise too quickly above the surface of the skin. This leads to symptoms including patches of thick, red skin that itch or feel sore.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases describes how psoriasis can impact a person's quality of life
  • It can cause pain and discomfort, and in some cases, disability.
  • It can interfere with simple tasks such as sleeping, walking and taking care of yourself.
  • It can lead to emotional problems, including lack of self-confidence.
  • If psychological distress is serious enough, it can trigger self-isolation and depression.
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