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Psoriasis is a chronic condition caused by cells on the skin that grow abnormally fast and often appears as thick scaly patches. In normal cell growth, skin cells grow and then fall off in about 4 weeks. When the skin sheds, new cells grow to replace the old. When you have psoriasis, those new skin cells come to the skin’s surface in days as opposed to weeks. This buildup of patches is referred to as plaque psoriasis. While not contagious, this chronic condition that can be painful or embarrassing. With correct care and attention your psoriasis can be successfully managed.
WHAT CAUSES PSORIASIS?
There is a strong genetic component to psoriasis but the immune system also plays a large role. It is widely thought that the cause of psoriasis has to do with the body’s white blood cells. These cells help our bodies fight off infections, but when you have psoriasis, instead, they will attack your healthy skin.
MAIN PSORIASIS TRIGGERS INCLUDE:
- Strep throat
- Cold weather
- Bug bites
- Sun burn
- High blood pressure medications
To effectively address your specific skin, it’s imperative to partner with a dermatologist to bring your psoriasis into remission. Our board-certified dermatologist will explain all of your psoriasis treatment options.
PSORIASIS AND DIET
In conclusion there are certain lifestyle measures you can take to help control psoriasis outbreaks. First we recommend patients stick to a hearty-healthy, gluten-free, anti-inflammatory diet. We also suggest that those who suffer from psoriasis stay away from alcohol, refined sugar, gluten, fried foods, dairy products and nightshade vegetable, such as tomatoes, pepper and potatoes. Furthermore keeping your body healthy will also help keep your psoriasis at bay.
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