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Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes red, raised, scaly patches on the skin. Typically, these patches appear on joints like elbows and knees, but they can affect other locations on the body, too.
People with psoriasis have skin cells that grow faster than normal and cause the buildup of these patches.
The American Academy of Dermatology estimates more than 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. Though this condition affects people of all ethnicities, those with European ancestry and white skin are more likely to be affected.
There are five types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is the most common.
At this time, psoriasis has no cure, but there are ways to manage the condition. The first step is understanding treatment options and lifestyle changes. The organizations, resources, support groups, and products below can help with that.
Nonprofit organizations, both national and international, are dual purpose: They offer help to those seeking to understand and manage their psoriasis, and they promote research to find a cure.
- International Federation of Psoriasis Associations
- National Psoriasis Foundation
- Psoriasis Association
- Psoriasis Cure Now!
- American Skin Association
- American Academy of Dermatology
- Children’s Skin Disease Foundation
Online resources are a good way to find a range of information. Visitors can learn about psoriasis and treatments, tips for staying healthy, how to get involved in advocacy efforts, and how to find healthcare professionals in their area.
People directly and indirectly affected by psoriasis benefit greatly from the support of others. Community and support groups offer safe, inviting places for discussion and commiseration. They also provide people with a platform for advocacy.
Finding answers to specific questions about psoriasis is possible with websites dedicated to sharing medically accurate information. These sites offer relevant and comprehensive information about all aspects of life with psoriasis.
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Available products can help minimize the discomfort and appearance of psoriasis. From shampoos to ointments and creams, different products can help relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin, reduce redness, remove scales, and restore moisture.
Ointment and creams
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