8 Ways to Treat Psoriasis
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of abnormal skin. The underlying mechanism involves the immune system reacting to skin cells. These skin patches are typically red, itchy, and scaly. They may vary in severity from small and localized, to complete body coverage.
What Causes Psoriasis?
The disease affects roughly 2–4% of the population, and men and women are affected with equal frequency. The disease may begin at any age.
Psoriasis is generally thought to be a genetic disease which is triggered by environmental factors. For example, in twin studies, identical twins are three times more likely to both be affected compared to non-identical twins; this suggests that genetic factors predispose to psoriasis.
Symptoms often worsen during winter and with certain medications such as beta blockers or NSAIDs.