World Psoriasis Day

World Psoriasis Day is celebrated annually on October 29th and dedicated to individuals living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This day is meant to raise awareness and spread information about psoriasis.

Psoriasis affects over 125 million people around the world, but many don’t understand what it’s like to live with this disease.

Psoriasis is a skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells, and causes these cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and painful.

It is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly.

Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but you can manage symptoms. Lifestyle measures, such as moisturizing, quitting smoking and managing stress, may help.

You should see a doctor if you suspect you have psoriasis. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
  • Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning or soreness
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints