Psoriasis: The Symptoms, Causes & Treatments
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that can occur at any age. This disease causes the production of skin cells to be faster than the normal rate. This rapid regeneration then causes skin cell build-ups. The build-ups are commonly seen as thick, red patches with silverfish scales. It is also common for the patches to be red and inflamed.
Other common symptoms for psoriasis include:
Cause of psoriasis
Researchers until today remain stumped on a clear cause of psoriasis. Evidence pointing towards the patient’s genetics and immune system had been found, but more studies are needed. Having an immediate family member with psoriasis creates a higher chance for you to develop the same skin condition. If there is something wrong with your immune system, it may affect the inflammation process on your skin. This can lead to the regeneration of skin cells at a rapid speed. This build-up will then become psoriasis.
Common triggers of psoriasis
Psoriasis can also be triggered through external factors and each patient may have a different trigger to another. Some common triggers include:
Treatment of psoriasis
There is no full cure yet for psoriasis. Treatments are given to help relieve symptoms and reduce inflammation, as well as the regeneration of the skin cells. They can also help remove plaques. Treatments for psoriasis can be categorized into three; Topical treatments, Light therapy and Oral/injected medications. Some even take the extra length of using alternative methods to treat their psoriasis.
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