Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious inflammatory skin disease which affects approximately 2-5% of the population worldwide. Psoriasis can affect people of all races and ages, however, most patients are first diagnosed in their early adult years. Guttate psoriasis, which flares up following a viral or bacterial infection, normally affects children and young adults.
In psoriasis, the keratinocytes of the skin multiply very rapidly and travel from the bottom layer of the epidermis to the surface in approximately 4 days as opposed to the usual 28 days. The skin cannot shed these cells quickly enough, so they build up and leading to thick, dry and flaky patches or plaques, commonly affecting the scalp, torso, elbows, and knees but can occur anywhere on the body.
Causes of Psoriasis
The cause of psoriasis is unknown, although it is well accepted that there is an underlying genetic component which, when triggered, causes the immune system to produce an excessive number of skin cells. For this reason, it is termed an auto-immune disorder.
Triggers of Psoriasis
Professor Tirant’s research has confirmed two types of triggers.
Primary triggers that start or activate psoriasis and secondary triggers that continue to exacerbate the condition.
Secondary triggers play a role in the continued exacerbation of the condition. In his research, Prof. Michael Tirant discovered that such factors were often related to lifestyle, dietary and chemical exposure.
To know more about triggers, read our blog – What triggers psoriasis?
Psoriasis and Diet
The connection between psoriasis and diet has been recognized for thousands of years in traditional medicine and more recently in modern scientific literature. So what is the best psoriasis diet?
While there is no once size fits all approach, some basic principles can be applied to the majority if psoriasis patients, including;
- Avoid excessive calorie intake
- Avoid excessive red and processed meat
- Limit sugar intake
- Increase vegetable consumption
- Increase fresh fish consumption
A customized dietary program is advised for those seeking a more tailored eating plan to identify and address potential food triggers of their psoriasis.
Types of Psoriasis
There are several types of psoriasis. Each type is unique in its appearance and symptoms and requires a different treatment approach.
Psoriasis Treatments: Conventional treatments for psoriasis often include topical steroids, coal tar and ultraviolet light therapy or in severe cases, systemic medications.
At Psoriasis Eczema Clinic we offer steroid free psoriasis treatments which combine Complementary and Alternative Medicines with dietary and lifestyle advice. All treatments are customised according to individual symptoms, presentation and triggers. Our unique natural treatment protocols have consistently achieved 82-90% success rates in independent trials and have been recommended by several highly regarded dermatologists around the globe.