What causes Psoriasis?
The exact cause of psoriasis is not known. Many scientists believe that the condition may be passed down from parents to their children (inherited). About one-third of people who have psoriasis have one or more family members with the condition but it is not clear that genetic factors alone determine whether you develop psoriasis. Psoriasis is not contagious – it cannot be spread by touch from person to person.
It is believed that the immune system is a factor in the development of psoriasis. This is because increased numbers of white blood cells are present between the abnormal layers of skin and because psoriasis responds to drugs and products that suppress the immune system.
What can I do?
It is also important to avoid those things that can cause psoriasis symptoms to flare up or make the condition worse. Things to avoid include:
- Skin injury. An injury to the skin can cause psoriasis patches to form anywhere on the body, including the site of the injury. This includes injuries to your nails or nearby skin while trimming your nails.
- Stress and anxiety. Stress can cause psoriasis to appear suddenly (flare) or can make symptoms worse.
- Infection. Infections such as strep throat can cause psoriasis to appear suddenly, especially in children.
- Certain medicines. Some medicines, such as NSAIDs, beta-blockers, and lithium, have been found to make psoriasis symptoms worse. Talk with your health practitioner. You may be able to take a different medicine.
- Overexposure to sunlight. Short periods of sun exposure reduce psoriasis in most people, but too much sun can damage the skin and cause skin cancer. And sunburns can trigger flares of psoriasis.
- Alcohol. Alcohol use can cause symptoms to flare up.
- Smoking. If you smoke, try to quit. Smoking, especially in women, makes you more likely to get psoriasis and can make it worse if you already have it.
Studies have not found that specific diets can cure or improve the condition, even though some advertisements claim to. For some people, not eating certain foods helps their psoriasis. Most practitioners recommend that you eat a balanced diet to be healthy and stay at a healthy weight.
Need help with Psoriasis in Springwood or Eatons Hill? Then you have come to the right place. We have assisted many people suffering from this condition over the years by treating the symptoms at their source. Our naturopaths can help.
Need to know more? Contact us today by using the contact forms at the bottom of the page or go to ‘Contact Us’ and begin the journey to better health..