(BPT) - An estimated 125 million people across the world live with psoriasis, a disease that affects not only the skin, but can also shape daily life.1,2 For Evelyn Weisz, plaque psoriasis impacted both the health of her skin as well as her law career and social life.Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of cells, causing them to build up more rapidly on the surface of the skin. The result is itchy and sometimes painful patches covered with thick, silvery scales.3 World Psoriasis Day, on October 29th is dedicated to improving understanding, management, and treatment of this disease that affects so many millions of people.1For Weisz, who was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis at age 31, the disease affected every part of her body except her face. The red, itchy patches were the worst on her feet and hands — so much so that she wore white gloves for six months to protect them and hide them from her friends, coworkers, and clients. Over time, Weisz was … [Read more...] about Taking World Psoriasis Day Personally
Psoriasis signs and symptoms
THERE are hundreds of different types of cancers and it remains one of the biggest killers. The most deadly form is lung cancer, followed by bowel, prostate and then breast. These four cancers account for nearly half, 45 per cent, of overall deaths from cancer. In the UK, around 13,300 people a year are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, according to Cancer Research. And spotting the early signs of the disease could make all the difference when it comes to survival. Experts recommend that those individuals perform regular checks of their skin to spot for potential signs of the disease returning, or new melanomas appearing. What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This growth can occur when damage is caused to skin cells – most often caused by UV radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. This damage can triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours. How common is skin … [Read more...] about What are skin cancer signs and symptoms, what does melanoma look like and is it caused by sunburn?
(BPT) - For more than 25 years, Jane Nastasi struggled to find reliable relief from her plaque psoriasis. Tired of feeling embarrassed and having to explain that the raised, reddish patches on her body weren’t contagious, Jane spoke to her dermatologist to try to find a psoriasis treatment that could soothe her symptoms.“My life is so much more than my psoriasis — I have such a large, lovely family and I’m the president of my social club — I wanted my skin to reflect that, not to hold me back from the activities and the people I love,” said Jane.In the United States, about 7.5 million people have psoriasis.1 Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis, a chronic, non-contagious skin disease that alters the life cycle of skin cells, causing them to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin.2,3,4“At my practice I see many patients with psoriasis, and I work with each of them to determine a customized course of treatment,” said … [Read more...] about Feeling Comfortable in Your Skin: Taking Control of Plaque Psoriasis
ANXIETY disorders are very common - with celebrities including Zayn Malik, Peter Andre and Olly Murs affected by the condition. But what are the symptoms of anxiety and how can you best support someone who is struggling? We've got the lowdown... What is anxiety? Anxiety is a normal feeling, also known as the "fight or flight" response. When presented with stress or danger, the body pumps adrenalin through to body - allowing it to cope with the situation at hand. However, anxiety can become a problem when this response occurs unnecessarily - either because the danger is not that severe, or there isn't actually any danger at all. Anxiety disorders can develop as a result of a number of factors, including stress, genetics and childhood environment. There are also a number of different types of anxiety disorder, from generalised anxiety to specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorders. Some people may suffer from more than one type of anxiety disorder - for … [Read more...] about What is anxiety, what are the symptoms, can it be treated and which celebrities suffer from anxiety disorders?
WE all know the feeling - you're exhausted and no amount of coffee will perk you up. Chances are you're blaming your busy lifestyle, balancing work, home and your social life. But if you're finding you lose your weekends to sleep marathons, that go way beyond the average lie in, listen up. Some people do need more sleep than others, but regularly snoozing for ten hours or more could be a sign of something more serious than just a busy week. Alarm bells should definitely be ringing if you still feel like a nap after a good ten-hour marathon kip. Here sleep guru Dr Nerina Ramlakhan reveals to The Sun Online six reasons you might need more sleep than your partner or friends...1. Sleep disorders It goes without saying, if you have a sleep disorder then you are going to feel exhausted most of the time. Insomnia is thought to affect around one in three Brits. It is defined by the NHS as, "difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next … [Read more...] about The 6 reasons you might need more sleep than others – and when to see your doctor about it