Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 4 % of the population and causes great discomfort. For some sufferers, it may even result in hospitalization.

The cause of psoriasis is unknown, although it is well accepted that there is an underlying genetic component which, when triggered, causes the immune system to produce an excessive number of skin cells. As such it has been termed an auto-immune skin disorder. At present there is no cure.

Types of Psoriasis

There are many different types of psoriasis, including:

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

Triggers that affect psoriasis

Triggers that affect psoriasis are primary and secondary triggers.

There are four Primary triggers that start or activate the condition:

  • Koebner Phenomenon – injury or trauma to the skin i.e. operations, bites, cuts, abrasions etc.
  • Systemic Infections – Tonsilitis, Shingles and some viral and bacterial infections
  • Drug Interaction – taking or cessation of certain drugs such as steroids, lithium, anti malarials, anti-inflamatories, some blood pressure medications (Beta Blockers) and antibiotics
  • Stress - Anxiety and worry.

Secondary triggers play a role in the continued exacerbation of the condition and Dr. Tirant discovered that such factors were often related to lifestyle, diet, hormonal changes, and chemical exposure.

Psoriasis treatment traditionally focuses on treating the symptoms of the disorder. As a result this skin disease rarely goes into remission and often reappears soon after treatment has concluded.