Psoriasis

What is it?

A common chronic skin condition characterized by scaling plaques, itching and inflammation, the most recent research on psoriasis points to an autoimmune process as the underlying cause. In up to one-third of cases, there is a family history of psoriasis, pointing to an inherited tendency in this disease. Psoriasis develops because the cells of the skin replicate at a much faster rate than they should, leading to skin cell build-up on certain areas of the body.

Key Points:

  • Genetic autoimmune disease of dysregulated inflammation
  • Incidence – 1-3% of the population
  • Causes skin, joint, and nail abnormalities
  • Some drugs may cause or worsen symptoms of psoriasis
  • Other autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis may coexist
  • The psychological burden of psoriasis is difficult for many clients
  • Greater presence of psoriasis among clients who drink large amounts of alcohol

How do we treat it?

We look at your entire health history, including the health of your parents and other relatives, to determine possible causes of psoriasis. In autoimmunity, symptoms result from the body attacking itself. Underlying every autoimmune condition is a fundamental confusion in the body about what is self and what is not self. The ability to distinguish self from non-self normally develops by the age of seven years old, but, in some circumstances, this process does not fully complete. Working together, we will support your body to build the proper barriers between you and the outside world. As your immune system begins to recognize your own native tissues, your skin will have the opportunity to normalize.

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