What is Psoriasis? According to medicinenet.com, it is a noncontagious, chronic skin condition that produces plaques of thickened, scaling skin. Psoriasis usually affects the skin of the elbows, knees and scalp. Although it may affect other areas of the body. Inflammatory chemicals produced by specialized white blood cells called lymphocytes cause this proliferation of skin cells.
There is no known cause for psoriasis. It could be a combination of a genetic predisposition and environmental factors. Usually, people are diagnosed in early adulthood.
Symptoms appear as red or pink small scaly bumps that merge into plaques of raised skin. It is often itchy. Psoriasis is chronic, and for now, incurable, but some people go through remission for years and are asymptomatic. Research has shown that folks with this skin issue are more likely to have diabetes, high blood lipids, cardiovascular disease and a variety of other inflammatory diseases.
Here are 9 things that can trigger and/or worsen Psoriasis:
- Alcohol – Dehydrating to the skin.
- Smoking – A few studies on cigarettes’ effect has shown to worsen in those who smoke compared to non-smokers.
- Stress – Can trick your body into producing skin cells it doesn’t need.
- Hot Showers – Hot water is harsh on the skin and strips away natural oils the body produces.
- Cold Weather – Dries out the skin.
- Laundry with fragrance – Detergent with fragrance can cause allergic reactions, hence triggering psoriasis.
- Scratching – Scratching can cause the skin to break and bleed, which may lead to infections.
- Allergies – Allergens cause the immune system to overreact which can trigger or worsen psoriasis.
Contact your health professional if you think you have psoriasis and for information on treatments.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR