What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that commonly presents itself in the form of scaling and redness of the skin. Psoriasis occurs when there is an intensified production of the skin, accumulating in white patches on the knee, elbow and scalp areas. It can also have an impact on the joints but in most cases, outbreaks come in the form of patches known as psoriatic plaques. Contrary to popular belief, psoriasis is not the same as eczema (although often confused), and it is not contagious.
The symptoms associated with psoriasis are often confused with eczema, you can read more about eczema here. Typically the skin on the area affected by psoriasis comes with a silver or white colour.
A doctor should be able to diagnose psoriasis with a simple visual check up. There is no need to perform special tests or other medical procedures to diagnose this condition, however, if there are other symptoms present on the skin, doctors may conduct a skin biopsy.
Causes & triggers
Modern medicine has still not identified the exact cause of this disease. However, most experts support the theory that it is a result of a certain genetic disorder. While the exact cause is unknown, we are aware of a number of triggers that can cause psoriasis symptoms to flare.
Triggers will vary from person to person, so it’s important to learn what your body needs to help manage this disease.
Just like many other skin conditions, psoriasis can come in different forms. Below are the most common types of the condition.
Every person dealing with psoriasis is different, as is the type and severity of psoriasis they are experiencing. Therefore it is highly recommended to consult a doctor before starting out on any new treatments. Dermatologists can conduct a range of treatments, and will work with you to determine the best possible treatment for you.
Typically, topical treatments are an effective treatment for those suffering from psoriasis. Dermatologists will often recommend the use of specific moisturisers and bath treatments, which work to hydrate the skin, reduce redness and soothe the skin. Unfortunately, many of these treatments are chemical based and can cause additional irritation when used over an extended period of time. That’s why we would always recommend a natural product, such as the Grahams Natural Psoriasis Cream.