New help for psoriasis patients

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

(KKCO) - Colorado has a cold, dry climate. This can increase the risk for psoriasis.

It's a genetic skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most people who suffer from psoriasis have very thick, red skin with flaky, silvery-white patches called scales.

Those scales can be itchy, painful, and unsightly as they grow over time.

Doctors say psoriasis occurs when the body's immune system mistakes healthy cells for dangerous substances. And cold, dry weather makes the condition worse.

Topical creams and new injectable medications can help. Ask your doctor about these new treatments.

For less serious cases, doctors have some advice: Moisturize often right after bathing. Avoid long, hot showers. And cut back on stress levels. Research shows that stress levels can impact psoriasis. Doctors recommend yoga and meditation to reduce stress.

Research shows that psoriasis is not passed from person to person contact, but it is genetic, so it can be passed on to children.

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  • by Mike Location: PA on Feb 25, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    Just as people who have diabetes are not "diabetics," those of us with psoriasis are not "psoriasis patients," as the graphic in the video stated. Do not let the disease define the person. I agree with Paul's comment. Are viewers really going to feel ill from that video? Highly doubtful.
  • by Paul Location: MA on Feb 24, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    One of the things about this disease that is almost worse than the disease itself is the embarrassment. That's why I don't appreciate you making it even more difficult for us who have it by saying that you apologize if we are eating our breakfast during the segment. Thanks for making me (us feel even worse than I already do. Your friendly Psoriasis Freak.
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