Psoriasis

Approximately 1.8 million people in the UK suffer with psoriasis, a chronic, autoimmune skin disease that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakes healthy cells for unhealthy cells. It sends signals for new cells to grow, and they grow faster than the old skin cells can shed, causing the skin to pile up on the surface; which leads to psoriasis.

The disease affects men and women equally and commonly presents in the mid 30s; however, it can occur at any age.

Psoriasis has the appearance of inflamed skin with red patches and silvery-white coloured scales. It it most common on the knees and elbows and can also affect the scalp, face and on the folds of skin (behind the knees and elbows).

Psoriasis can be triggered by various factors which can include high levels of stress and anxiety, viral infections, dry skin, excessive alcohol consumption, diet sunburn and medication. Genetics can also play a part in an individual’s susceptibility to psoriasis.

An individual’s quality of life, confidence, self-esteem and mood can often be affected by psoriasis. Whilst there isn’t currently a cure for psoriasis, there are many treatments and techniques available to help manage flare-ups and improve the condition.

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