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.
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.
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.