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Plaque Psoriasis

Little girl holding face | Healthier Me TodayPlaque psoriasis is a skin condition where the skin turns red, white, and flakey. The skin burns and itches because of inflammation. Plaque psoriasis is a build-up of white, dead skin cells. This condition is technically an immune system disorder that attacks healthy skin cells, promoting new skin to overgrow in response.


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Causes of Plaque Psoriasis

The causes of this skin condition are hard to trace. It is speculated, however, that genetics plays a role. The condition worsens with certain triggers. For example, you can develop plaque psoriasis under these circumstances:

Men are more likely to develop plaque psoriasis, but there is no age group that is targeted the most. More research needs to be done about the exact causes.

Symptoms of Plaque Psoriasis

plaque psoriasis - healthier me todayNot everyone who has plaque psoriasis develops or shows the same symptoms. The majority of people, however, do have flaky, white skin as their cells overproduce. This is what causes the itchiness. As the new skin grows on top of the dead skin, it is tempting to pick and scratch it off. This feeling is normal, but constantly picking at your skin can cause further problems like infections. A lot of dirt and bacteria live on our hands and can transfer to cuts and scratches easily.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Itchy skin
  • Red flakes
  • White flakes
  • Burning pain
  • Sensitive to touch

Diagnosis of Plaque Psoriasis

If you notice any of the symptoms listed above or have concerns about your skin, you should ask your primary doctor for a dermatologist consultation. During this consultation, the doctor can ask questions about your condition and rule out any other health conditions that could cause similar-looking responses, such as eczema. If your doctor thinks you may have a specific condition, they can recommend a biopsy. A piece of the patient’s skin can be cut by the doctor and sent to the lab for testing to test for the exact diagnosis. When it comes back with a proper diagnosis, you can start treatment plans.

Treatment for Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis has no cure. However, it is a chronic condition where the skin continues to grow and can worsen. The condition has flare-ups that certain stressors, like humidity, stress, and infections, can induce. The only treatment to lower the chances of a bad flare-up is using topical medications with high vitamin content. You can find these creams and lotions at grocery stores and pharmacies. Some studies have shown that ingesting and using vitamin C is beneficial for treating painful symptoms. Always ask your doctor, however, before using a supplement or cream.

Management of Plaque Psoriasis

As painful as this condition is, it can still be managed at home with a few suggestions. Experts recommend not consuming alcohol since the content can cause a flare-up of the condition. For obese patients, losing weight by eating vitamin and mineral-filled diets can also relieve the symptoms.

Flare-ups are hard to prevent as we cannot always avoid triggers. However, if possible, stay out of the sun and cover up your skin as much as you can. This way, the chances of developing a sunburn decrease (which can aid in flare-ups).

Since plaque psoriasis is mainly an inflammation of the skin and its cells, you can also reduce inflammation by eating naturally rich foods. For example, both fish and peppers reduce inflammation as they have anti-inflammatory properties. Adding these few new foods to your diet can alleviate plaque psoriasis’ pain.


FAQ

  1. Is plaque psoriasis contagious? No. Plaque psoriasis is not contagious. The condition is an immune system issue that results in the overgrowth of new skin on top of old skin cells. You cannot ‘catch’ psoriasis from another person.
  2. Does weather cause plaque psoriasis? Studies don’t have a definitive answer for this question. Although, it has been noted that many people with plaque psoriasis do live in colder climates that reach the single digits in the winter.
  3. Is there a cure for plaque psoriasis? No, there is not a cure yet. While this is the case, there are times when people with plaque psoriasis see no symptoms. The condition decreases and increases in intensity based on triggers.

Healthier Me Today is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment, always consult with your healthcare professional. Stay healthy!

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