August 14, 2015 |  written by IVX Health

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

It’s Psoriasis Awareness Month, and as one of the conditions we help treat here at IVX Health, we wanted to help spotlight this condition.  Read on for the facts.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a immune system disorder that affects the skin and is marked by red, itchy, scaly patches.  It can be triggered by stress, cold weather, and infections.  The disease is also associated with joint pain and inflammation, and it can proceed to psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory, progressive, destructive form of arthritis.

Millions are Living with Psoriasis

7.5 million people, to be exact, and 30 percent of those will develop psoriatic arthritis.  Additionally, the National Psoriasis Foundation reports the following statistics:

  • 33 percent report their disease impacting their social interactions.
  • 59 percent say psoriasis is a daily problem they have to deal with.
  • 52 percent are dissatisfied with their treatment.
  • 72 percent are also battling being overweight or obese, which increases the risk of other chronic conditions.

The Challenges of Life with Psoriasis

People living with psoriasis face a variety of challenges, including managing the itch of the skin disease, the pain of joint inflammation and soreness, relationships affected by the disease, depression, the need for accommodations at work, and the need to manage stress, which can cause flare-ups.  And while research is ongoing and promising, there is currently no cure.

Hope for Those With Psoriasis

The good news is, there are a number of effective treatment options for psoriasis, and remission is a possibility.  Mild disease can often be treated topically, and there are effective treatments for moderate to severe disease available.  Your healthcare team can help you design a plan to support the best quality of life possible.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.