What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is often seen as unsightly and misunderstood. Most commonly known as a skin disease, psoriasis can actually affect many parts of the body. It is known as an autoimmune disease, meaning the body attacks itself when it should not. In this case, the parts of the immune system most commonly affected are the joints and the skin. Skin will grow much too fast and become unable to shed at a rate which will keep skin healthy and normal. In both mild and severe forms, about three percent of the world’s population has this illness.

How Can You Get Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is still being studied, but it is known to run in families, making it a genetic disease. It also, like many other autoimmune disorders, involves a trigger. There are many triggers being researched such as certain illnesses including chicken pox and strep throat, as well as exposure to certain chemicals or circumstances. Psoriasis cannot be contracted from another person. In other words, it is not catching.

Other Illnesses Related to Psoriasis

One of the anomalies of psoriasis is that it is known to often coincide with other ailments, making the person with psoriasis more likely to have other health problems. Some of these common problems that sufferers of psoriasis have include:

  • Depression
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Uveitis

Caring for Psoriasis

Psoriasis typically requires more than one treatment approach prescribed by a dermatologist. A thorough medical history and physical examination of your patches of psoriasis will help make the determination as to the right course of treatment. There are some things you can do, however, to alleviate symptoms and help treatment be effective.

  • Spend a few minutes in the sun each day
  • Do not bathe too often or use harsh soaps that dry out the skin
  • Use hypoallergenic lotions daily
  • Manage stress to prevent flare ups

If you suspect you have psoriasis and would like to make an appointment to discuss treatment options, contact Questcare Medical Clinic.