All about Psoriasis – Causes, Treatments & Therapies

December 23, 2016

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is a long -term autoimmune disease which affects the skin, resulting patches of red, scaly skin, which are typically extremely itchy and painful. This condition affects 2% of Australia’s population and conditions can vary from localized in one area, to complete body coverage. Common problem areas for psoriasis are: knees, elbows, scalp, torso, palms, and the soles of feet.   It is known to have a varying or fluctuating course, where the disease improves and then worsens, and is thought to be incurable but not untreatable. Psoriasis can occur in anyone from babies, to elderly people, but the most common age of diagnosis is in early adult years.   This chronic disease is caused the rapid increase in the production of skin cells, which, when these skin cells reach the surface and die, their sheer volume causes a build-up, and raised red plaques covered in white scales appear. This increase in the production of skin cells is caused by the immune system being ‘triggered’ by environmental factors, resulting in the production of excess inflammatory chemicals.   Studies show that people with psoriasis are more susceptible to illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and psoriasis sufferers are between 10 and 30% more likely to develop psoriatic arthritis.  

TYPES:

  • Plaque psoriasis: This variation o