Since psoriasis is a fairly common skin condition affecting approximately Dermatology Enrollment Form between 2 – 3% of the U.S. population it is important that treatment is carefully considered. Here at Noble Health Services, we have a knowledgeable team of clinical service workers who are devoted to helping you every step of the way.
It is believed that psoriasis occurs when the immune system overreacts. Usually people think of psoriasis as a skin condition. Although it does mainly affect the skin, psoriasis is actually classified as an autoimmune disorder. Specifically, the body mistakes healthy tissue as a foreign substance that the body assumes is harmful. Psoriasis is typically a long term (chronic) condition. Normally, skin grows gradually and flakes off about every 4 weeks. New skin cells grow to replace the outer layers of skin as they flake off. With psoriasis, the new skin cells move to the surface of the skin at a more rapid pace and appear on the skin surface in 3-4 days. Since the body cannot keep up with shedding at this rapid pace, the dead skin cells pile up on top of each other causing thick patches. These thick patches of extra skin also known as plaques, then turn red and flaky causing the patient to itch.
People who have been diagnosed with psoriasis often notice there are times when their skin gets worse. These are often referred to as flares and can be brought on by stress, a cold and dry climate, injury to the skin, dry skin, infection, and taking certain medications. Avoiding things that cause your psoriasis to flare can be helpful, but despite your best effort you may still have patches of dry scaling skin. For some people, they can find these psoriasis patches embarrassing and difficult to cover up. With so many treatments currently available, hopefully your doctor should be able to find one that will work for you. Often time treatment will start with creams or lotions, but sometimes psoriasis can be difficult to treat and you may need to work closely with your doctor to try different combinations of treatment to find out what works best for you. For some people, psoriasis can cause joints to be swollen and painful. This is called psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, and the treatments that are available are not commonly seen in your local pharmacy. Since Noble Health Services is a specialty pharmacy, we regularly stock these treatments and are associated with programs to help lower copayment costs. Here at Noble, our clinical coordinators are experienced and familiar with these specialized medications and are readily available to answer any questions you may have about your treatment.
Incidence – Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that mainly affects the skin. It can be disruptive to one’s life if appropriate treatment is not sought out.
- 7.5 million Americans
- 125 million worldwide
- More prevalent in Caucasians than African Americans
- Can occur in all age groups, but most often appears between ages 15-25
- Between 10-30% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, which usually shows up between 30-50 years of age.
Symptoms – Symptoms vary in severity and may be localized to a particular area or all over the body.
- Red lesions
- Flaky plaques
- Dry cracked skin
- Itchiness, soreness or burning of the skin