Dr. Robert Harshbarger lll, Pharmacist Speaks at Health Forum for Psoriasis Awareness Month Held at Premier Pharmacy in Kingsport ,TN

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Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.

Premier Pharmacy hosted “Living with Psoriasis” health forum in association with August being Psoriasis Awareness Month. A large number of men and women were in attendance for the free seminar held at 109 Jack White Drive, Kingsport, TN on August 27, 2014. The public was welcome.

There were various speakers that covered an assorted range of topics; some of the topics included: symptoms and diagnosis, types of psoriasis, specific locations, severity and triggers. “Psoriasis affects so many people; it is important for our patients and people in our community to know their options on how to manage and cope with the challenges the disease poses. There is more research, medicines and information being released every day that can help our patients with their outcomes,” stated Robert Harshbarger, Pharmacist.

According to The National Psoriasis Association http://www.psoriasis.org there are five types of psoriasis. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells. Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body and is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
Psoriasis is a chronic, noncontagious, genetic autoimmune disease that appears on the skin in red, scaly patches that itch, crack and bleed. It is the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting approximately 7.5 million Americans.

Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory type of arthritis that causes pain and swelling of the joints and tendons. People with mild psoriasis are just as likely to develop psoriatic arthritis as those with moderate to severe psoriasis.

Living with psoriasis has unique challenges; the good news is health care providers are becoming more aware of the impact psoriasis can have on a person's quality of life. Researchers are focused more now than ever on finding solutions to those challenges. Learn coping strategies for the most common lifestyle concerns for people with psoriasis.
“Making our patients aware of lifestyle changes like diet and stress can go a long way in helping control triggers of psoriasis; information is key,” stated Dr Robert Harshbarger.

About Premier Pharmacy:

Premier Pharmacy has united with CCCA located at 109 Jack White Drive Kingsport, TN and is locally operated and has proudly served the Tri-Cities, TN region for over 24 years. Premier Pharmacy has the knowledge, experience and resources, which include a state of the art facility, that are elite in the industry. CCCA has been making patient specific specialty medications and servicing thousands of patients both locally and nationally over the years. Robert (Bob) Harshbarger, Pharmacist concluded, “We strive to set new standards of excellence for our patients and physicians, that’s our commitment.” Combining the power of two pharmacies will bring broader coverages and extended benefits and services for our patients.” For more information visit http://www.rxpremier.com

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