Psoriasis and Eczema FAQ
Is there a cure for psoriasis?
There is no present cure for psoriasis. The Seaweed Bath Co. is dedicated to helping psoriasis sufferers manage symptoms to the best of their abilities. We also support the work being done at the National Psoriasis Foundation Victor Henschel BioBank, which we believe will the vehicle through which a lasting cure will be found.
How many Americans are affected with psoriasis?
It is estimated that 8 million Americans suffer from psoriasis and an estimated 125 million people suffer worldwide. The Seaweed Bath Co. founder, Adam Grossman, had suffered with moderate psoriasis until he was able to take control of all of his symptoms by carefully controlling his diet and using his seaweed products regularly.
Are there different types of psoriasis?
Yes, there are seven identified forms of psoriasis: common vulgaris, guttate, flexural, pustular, erythrodermic, exfoliative and psoriatic arthritis. More information on the type of psoriasis can be found here.
What is the average age of psoriasis sufferers?
It is estimated to be 28 years old.
What percentage of psoriasis sufferers are under the age of 10?
It is estimate that 10 to 15 percent of psoriasis sufferers are under 10.
What percentage of psoriasis sufferers develop psoriatic arthritis?
The current estimate is roughly 30% of psoriasis sufferers develop psoriatic arthritis. However, psoriatic arthritis can appear without the flaking, scaling and red skin associated with psoriasis.
Do people die from psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis?
Unfortunately yes. It is estimated that there are 400 psoriasis related deaths each year.
Is psoriasis contagious?
Absolutely not. It may be hereditary, but it can’t be simply transmitted from one person to another other than genetically.
Are there any books on psoriasis?
There are quite a few books, however, but in our opinion, the majority of them are not very good. Adam has read many of the available books and he gives his opinions on our blog. If he were to recommend just one, it would be “Healing Psoriasis” by John Pagan.
Where can I learn more about psoriasis?
There are numerous sites available to you. We have provided some references here. We have found that The National Psoriasis Foundation is an excellent resource to answer your questions.
What is Eczema?
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a general term for any type of dermatitis or “itchy skin.” Eczema, or dermatitis, is a skin condition that affects all age groups. In mild forms the inflamed skin is dry, hot and itchy, while in more severe forms the skin can become broken, raw and bleeding.
How many Americans are affected with Eczema?
It is estimated that 25 to 35 million Americans have some degree of eczema. Members of The Seaweed Bath Co. management team and their families have suffered with eczema
Can Eczema be cured?
In most cases, eczema may clear up over time. However, some sufferers do require continued treatment. Even if eczema does seem to clear up, most sufferers will find their skin remains sensitive and they may have a predisposition to flare ups.
Who is likely to get Eczema?
Eczema occurs in both children and adults, but usually appears during infancy. Although there is no known cause for the disease, it often affects people with a family history of allergies.
Those who are genetically predisposed and then exposed to environmental triggers may develop eczema. Many people who have eczema also suffer from allergic rhinitis and asthma, or have family members who do.
Is Eczema contagious?
No. Eczema is not contagious.
What can I do about the itching?
Both psoriasis and eczema sufferers consistently ask what they can do to stop the itching. First of all, do not scratch your trouble spots. Secondly, we recommend baths to alleviate the itch. If, however, you do not have time to take baths everyday, using a small amount of pure peppermint oil on your spot provides a cooling sensation that acts to numb the itching. Natural body butters and body creams may also help to relieve the irritation and control the itching.
Where can I learn more about Eczema?
The National Eczema Association is a great resource to learn about eczema and become involved in the eczema community. Our blog is also a good resource to learn about eczema, natural treatments for eczema and eczema news.