Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 4% of the population and is the cause of great discomfort for those people, and especially for those with severe psoriasis symptoms. For some, it may even result in hospitalization due to the inflammation of the lesions affecting the tissues like they were burns.
The actual cause of Psoriasis is not absolutely clear, although it is well accepted that there is an underlying genetic component, comprising dominant and recessive genes and when those genes are triggered, the immune system produces an excessive number of skin cells. Psoriasis is therefore an auto-immune condition which cannot be cured as such - but it can be put into long-term remission where there are no symptoms.
There are four Primary triggers that cause Psoriasis lesions which include:
- Koebner Phenomenon - injury to the skin from bites, cuts, operations, abrasions etc
- Systemic Infections - viral or bacterial infections eg. Tonsilitis, Shingles etc
- Stresses - Anxiety, worry, and other frustrations of life
- Interaction with drugs - certain drugs such as steroids, lithium, anti malarials, anti-inflamatories, some blood pressure medications (Beta Blockers) and antibiotics can act as Primary Triggers at the outset of taking them, and often just by the act of ceasing taking them
Secondary triggers - There are thousands of Secondary Psoriasis Triggers which are involved in aggravating the condition, some of which apply to most sufferers while others only play a role in a select number of sufferers due to their genetic makeup.
These Secondary Triggers are related to issues such as diet, lefestyle, chemical exposure, hormones, drugs, and many other area. Diet and stress play the most significant part in causing psoriasis lesions as these factors are related to histamine release, blood groups and acidity factors.
Is Psoriasis contageous?: No. A long time ago people with Psoriasis were not understood and were believed to have leprosy, a curable viral condition characterised by red lesions and shedding skin and other tissues. The similarity to Psoriasis resulted in many people with Psoriasis being placed into Leper colonies, and not surprisingly, they developed leprosy as well. Most skin conditions are not contageous, and psoriasis lesions are no exception - they are just purely an immune response to internal imbalances.
Types of Psoriasis
There are at least 10 Psoriasis types and they all have different Psoriasis symptoms:
- Plaque Psoriasis(Chronic Psoriasis Vulgaris)
- Guttate Psoriasis
- Flexural Psoriasis (Inverse Psoriasis, Genital Psoriasis)
- Psoriasis Annularis
- Pustular Psoriasis
- Palmo-Plantar Psoriasis (Hand Psoriasis, Foot Psoriasis)
- Erythrodermic PsoriasisEEC
- Scalp Psoriasis (Hair Psoriasis)
- Nail Psoriasis (Psoriatic Nails, Psoriasis Nails, Fungal Nails)
- Psoriatic Arthritis (Psoriasis Arthritis)
As it is a genetically-based condition to cure Psoriasis, as such, is not possible, but we ordinarily succeed in clearing up the skin lesions and assisting the patient to go into remission where the symptoms either do not appear or at least are manageable long term. Psoriasis treatment may take 6-12 weeks (more or less), depending on the severity of the condition and the length of time that the sufferer has been dealing with the lesions
Our protocols for the treatment of Psoriasis are based on clearing up symptoms using dietary advice and through the use of naturally-based topical and oral medications such as ointments, creams, gels, lotions etc as well as targetted oral medications, which assist in breaking the cycle from within. A key focus across all our treatment protocols but one particularly important to the successful treatment and management of psoriasis is to enhance the body's immune system and healing capacity through effective nutritional and botanical medicines.