Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 3.8% of the population and is the cause of great discomfort. For some, it may even result in hospitalization.

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. As such it has been termed an auto-immune skin disorder. At present there is no cure.

There are four Primary triggers that start or activate the condition. They include:

  • Koebner Phenomenon - injury or trauma to the skin i.e. operations, Bites, cuts, abrasions etc;
  • Systemic Infections - Tonsilitis, Shingles and some viral and bacterial infections;
  • Drug Interaction - taking or cessation of certain drugs such as steroids, lithium, anti malarials, anti-inflamatories, some blood pressure medications (Beta Blockers) and antibiotics; and
  • Stress - Anxiety and worry.

  • Secondary triggers play a role in the continued exacerbation of the condition and Dr Tirant discovered that such factors were were often related to lifestyle, dietary and chemical exposure.

    Types of Psoriasis

    There are many types of psoriasis.
    • Plaque (Chronic)
    • Guttate
    • Flexural (Inverse)
    • Psoriasis Annularis
    • Pustular
    • Palmo-Plantar
    • Erythrodermic EEC
    • Scalp
    • Nail Involvement
    • Psoriatic Arthritis
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