What causes psoriasis?
The precise cause of psoriasis remains unclear, but it is believed to involve an abnormal response of the immune system. Typically, white blood cells attack harmful invaders such as bacteria. In psoriasis, these cells mistakenly target healthy skin cells, leading to accelerated growth and accumulation on the skin’s surface, forming thick plaques. These plaques vary in appearance, with some having a yellowish hue, while others appear grey or black.
What are the risks associated with psoriasis?
Beyond skin discomfort, individuals with psoriasis may have a heightened risk for other health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, inflammatory bowel disease, and certain cancers. Genetics and environmental factors are thought to contribute to the onset and development of psoriasis.
Treatment and management of psoriasis
While there’s no known cure for psoriasis, various treatments can manage and alleviate symptoms. Topical creams and ointments can reduce itching and flaking. Light therapy, employing artificial sunlight, has been effective in decelerating new skin cell growth. Additionally, oral medications like cyclosporine or methotrexate can be prescribed to suppress skin cell production and mitigate inflammation.
Managing psoriasis also involves identifying and avoiding potential triggers. Scratching affected areas should be avoided, as this can exacerbate the condition and lead to infection. Continuous engagement with your healthcare provider is essential in navigating treatment options and ensuring the best care.
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