Psoriasis Cure Now Back to School Fact Sheet on Psoriasis in Children
Do you have a school age child with psoriasis? Print out the fact sheet below and give copies to your child’s teacher, coach and school nurse. Education is often the best medicine.
Children with Psoriasis: THE FACTS
Psoriasis is a serious disease
Psoriasis is a serious disease that for a long time was not taken seriously.
Most often associated with patches of dry skin, and at other times with joint pain and stiffness, psoriasis is a non-contagious disease of the immune system that for millions of Americans is a daily impediment that impairs quality of life and is associated with other serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and even stroke.
Fortunately, psoriasis is often mild and stays mild. What’s more, treatments have dramatically improved in recent years, providing new hope to people with psoriatic disease. But those treatments are often expensive and some raise the specter of side effects. At the same time, psoriasis is more subject than many diseases to phony treatments and alleged cures that exist primarily to separate people from their money and to further demoralize them.
Psoriasis Cure Now is a nonprofit organization launched in 2005 to serve as an advocate for psoriasis patients. While we were growing rapidly for a while, and then decided to focus on our core goals and not engage in mission-creep, our mandate has never changed: be a voice for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients and their families.
After all, there are other organizations around to advance the interests of doctors, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and researchers. We have just one stakeholder: fellow psoriasis patients.
If you are a psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis patient, get educated and get treatment.
And for everyone visiting us, please take a look around our website, and let us know if we can help you.
If you have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, investigate new treatments that are transforming lives
Treatment options for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have exploded over the last 20 years, and new treatments continue to come to market.
We are finally approaching a situation where the best of old treatments and cutting-edge new treatments are giving physicians the ability to target more appropriate strategies for each patient.
In other words, if you are not currently treating your psoriasis or are not happy with your current regimen, get to a dermatologist and learn about all your options.
While there is still no cure for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, most patients can now find a treatment that works for them. Go for it.
We need more research on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
Biomedical research on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis has greatly accelerated over the last decade, and this research is bearing fruit for patients with psoriatic disease and other health conditions.
When the president of Psoriasis Cure Now testified before Congress in support of psoriasis research funding in 2005, annual psoriasis research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was stagnant at $6.5 million. This year, it is estimated by NIH at $13 million, a full doubling over the 10 years of Psoriasis Cure Now’s existence.
But this doubling is largely catch-up, as psoriasis research had largely missed the explosive growth in the overall NIH budget in the previous decade. (This short-changing was a driving force in the creation of Psoriasis Cure Now.)