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August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An estimated 5 million people suffer from psoriasis, a chronic inflammation of the skin. The skin condition can be very painful and even embarrassing.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An estimated 5 million people suffer from psoriasis, a chronic inflammation of the skin. The skin condition can be very painful and even embarrassing.

Commonly described as burning, itching, and painful red and silver plaques of pustuials on the skin.

Some patients have a genetic disposition to psoriasis, they are born with it. Infection, stress, and environmental factors also play a role. You're at increased risk if you're a smoker, light skinned, and if you don't drink enough water on a daily basis.

Some common treatments for psoriasis include topical steroids and emollients (moisturizers), vitamin D, retinoids (vitamin A), hydration, and phototherapy (use of UV light) if you're a candidate.

Now there's no cure for psoriasis, but remission is possible. And some healthy steps you can take to maintain skin moisture are using non irritant emollients immediately after bathing, avoid scratching, and stop smoking if you're a smoker.

 Also sunlight exposure is encouraged if you're not taking any photo sensitive medications. For some people, keeping a journal may help discover undetermined triggers.
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