Psoriasis – Part 1

Psoriasis and the triggers

Managing psoriasis can be very frustrating. There are many different types of psoriasis and people’s experience and symptoms will vary from mild, occasional patches and itching to much more severe symptoms on a regular basis. Not to mention all the emotional and self-confidence issues that go along with it.

If you do have psoriasis, learning about the condition and seeking the appropriate medical advice and support will help you manage the condition in the best possible way.

Over the next couple of blogs post I will provide you with some helpful information about psoriasis – the triggers and some effective natural treatment options.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that creates a faulty signal from the immune system causing the rapid build-up of skin cells. Cells should normally be replaced over weeks, but with psoriasis it occurs over days. This results in scaling on the skin’s surface and is often accompanied with inflammation and redness around the affected area. Typical psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick, red patches. Sometimes, these patches will crack and bleed and can lead in to secondary infection if not treated carefully.

The cause of psoriasis is unknown, although there is a genetic link. At the moment there is no cure, however there is evidence to suggest that just like many autoimmune diseases, lifestyle factors play a huge role in the severity of this condition.  Understanding what the lifestyle triggers are can be enormously helpful in better managing this condition.

What triggers psoriasis?

There are four main causes that can trigger psoriasis. They include:

  • Koebner Phenomenon –trauma to the skin such as operations, bites, cuts and abrasions
  • Systemic Infections – Tonsilitis, Shingles and some viral and bacterial infections
  • Medication – taking certain drugs such as steroids, lithium, Anti Malarials, Anti-Inflammatories, some blood pressure medications (Beta Blockers) and antibiotics
  • Stress – Anxiety and worry.
  • Lifestyle -diet, alcohol and chemical exposure.

What types of psoriasis are there?

There are many types of psoriasis, these are the main groups:

  • Plaque (Chronic)
  • Guttate
  • Flexural (Inverse)
  • Psoriasis Annularis
  • Pustular
  • Palmo-Plantar
  • Erythrodermic EEC
  • Scalp
  • Nail Involvement
  • Psoriatic Arthritis

Is psoriasis common?

Psoriasis affects about 3.8% of the population. It’s commonly associated with several other conditions, including type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease, and psoriatic arthritis.

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What are the symptoms?

Psoriasis symptoms differ from person to person and depend on the type of psoriasis. Some people may only experience psoriasis as small flaky areas on the scalp or elbow, whilst for others, it covers the majority of the body.

The most common symptoms of plaque psoriasis include:

  • red, raised, inflamed patches of skin
  • silver-white scales or plaques on the red patches
  • dry skin that may crack and bleed
  • soreness around patches
  • itching and burning sensations around patches
  • thick, pitted nails
  • painful, swollen joints

As I already mentioned, psoriasis presents differently in everyone and the symptoms will vary. Most people with psoriasis go through “cycles” of symptoms where the symptom flare up. The condition may last for a few days or weeks, and then the symptoms may clear up. Sometimes, symptoms of psoriasis disappear completely.

When you have no active symptoms of the condition, you may be in “remission.” But unfortunately that doesn’t mean psoriasis won’t come back so being mindful of the lifestyle choice you make as this can help reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms.

Be sure to check out our next blog post when I share some natural treatment ideas with you.

In the mean time if you’d like to find out our product suggestions for your specific skin type (including atopic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema) head over to our Skin Types and Conditions page.

Have a great week!

x Rigel

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