• Diagnosing and understanding psoriatic arthritis

    ARTICLE SUMMARY: Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis often seen in psoriasis patients. It causes pain, swelling, and stiffness of one or more joints. Left untreated, it can cause permanent damage. So seeking diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis is very important.

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    Weight, obesity, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

    ARTICLE SUMMARY: Psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and excess weight/obesity are often seen together. While scientists will continue to sort out the precise nature of the causes and links, there are very good reasons right now for obese or overweight psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients to work on reducing their weight.

    There is a growing body of research – and more than a little conjecture – about the relationship between body weight and psoriatic disease. We try to sort it out for you below.

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  • Winter To Do List for Psoriasis Patients

    Here are a few things to think about as the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder.

    FLU SHOT

    It is flu season, and that means it is time to get your flu shot. If you are on an immune suppressing medication – including a biologic injection or infusion, methotrexate or prednisone – you should get the flu shot, NOT the flu mist nasal spray. The shot uses dead virus, while the mist uses live but weakened virus. But the experts insist it is wise to get a flu shot.

    For more information, read the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s web page on arthritis and the flu. The discussion is generally applicable to psoriatic arthritis and even many psoriasis patients.

    MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT

    The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7. This is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to make sure their current plan still meets their needs; for example, whether any prescription coverage is best for the prescription medications they expect to be taking in the coming year.

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  • About Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is an incurable, recurring disease of the immune system that can first strike at any age, causing dry, painful skin lesions that itch, crack and bleed. Psoriasis often also causes arthritic symptoms (known as psoriatic arthritis).

    Psoriasis is not contagious, although the emotional scars it often leaves can also negatively impact a patient’s loved ones.

    Psoriasis is common, with as many as 7.5 million Americans affected, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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  • 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.

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