Causes of Psoriasis

The root causes of psoriasis are largely unknown to date. However, as research continues unto the disease, it is thought to arise from faulty body immune systems.

Many experts are currently in agreement that a major cause of the psoriasis lies in the genetic make-up of an individual. That is, it is highly likely that an individual who suffers from psoriasis inherited it from a close relative through their genes.

What is certain though is that there are various factors or triggers that can cause an onset or flare up of the skin disease. This article will use ‘causes’ and ‘triggers’ interchangeably to explain these factors.

A quick look at Psoriasis

So, what exactly is Psoriasis?

According to National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes scaling and inflammation (pain, swelling, heat, and redness).”

According to research, the disease affects three percent of the population suffers from fully developed psoriasis.

Psoriasis occurs where the body skin cells grow faster than normal. This causes the development of dry reddish scales over the body skin surface.  Most body areas that are usually affected include the scalp, joints (knees and elbows) , the underarms and the lower back. In rare cases, individuals get more serious symptoms from variations of psoriasis like psoriatic arthritis.

Following a study conducted of over 1500 psoriasis patients, it was found that psoriasis can be divided into type I psoriasis and type II psoriasis. Type I psoriasis affects individuals at a younger age (mostly before 40) while type II mostly affects individuals over 40 years. Of the two, Type I psoriasis symptoms tend to be more severe.

7 Causes of Psoriasis Flare Ups

  • Excessive consumption of alcohol is one of the most common triggers to the disease.
  • Smoking of cigarettes
  • Emotional stress
  • Hormonal changes within the body are also a common trigger especially in women and people of a young age. In fact, it is the main reason that those who are teenagers and young adults (11 years to 29 years of age) suffer frequent flare ups
  • Medication especially lithium and anti-malarial drugs are common triggers of the skin disorder. There is also other medication that should be avoided if you suffer from  psoriasis.
  • Another trigger is trauma that occurs on the skin surface. When this occurs, skin lesions appear in and around the area of the trauma. This event is known as the Koebner Phenomenon. Infections in particular, strep throat (especially in children) are known to trigger the eruption of psoriasis symptoms.

The true root causes of psoriasis remains a topic that we know little about. However, what we do know for sure is that there are natural herbal remedies that can be used to alleviate the condition and provide relief from symptoms.

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