Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease in the US. Since it is more than just a basic skin condition, it is helpful for seniors to learn to manage it. Helping seniors manage their psoriasis can improve their quality of life.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic disease of the autoimmune system. That means the disease can increase or decrease in intensity, and is not curable. The main effects of the disease are inflammation of the skin and thickened, scaling skin. There are several types of psoriasis.
What are the Symptoms of Psoriasis?
The symptoms of psoriasis are often visible or tangible. Common symptoms include:
- Itching (sometimes severe)
- Fungus around the nails
- Red or pink bumps on the skin
- Scaly or raised up skin
Simple Tips for Managing Psoriasis
Lifestyle choices can help keep psoriasis in check. Check with your doctor before implementing any new lifestyle changes.
- Eat a healthy diet
- Take fish oil
- Ask about medication during flare-ups
- Don’t drink or smoke
- Protect joints through exercise
- See a doctor if your nails change
- Limit stress and practice self care
For for information about managing psoriasis, ! Marketing Monthlies are a great source of information, and they are also available as PDFs so you can distribute them to clients, their family members, and prospects.
(Sources: National Psoriasis Foundation, MedicineNet, Allsup, Consumer Health Digest)