Psoriasis is a long-term (chronic) skin condition that causes skin cells to grow too quickly thus resulting in inflammation, redness, skin irritation and plaques. The severity of this condition varies from person to person.
To put it simply, a normal skin cell takes about a month to mature, but in those with psoriasis, this process takes only 3 or 4 days. These skin cells are poorly developed, and they can't shed fast enough. Instead, they pile up—forming raised, scaly "plaques" that itch and leave skin below red and inflamed.
Psoriasis condition may be triggered in an individual due to bacterial and viral infections, sunburn, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, exposure to little sunlight, dry weather or dry skin conditions. Other suspected triggers include damage to the skin from injury, dryness, or chafing and reaction to certain drugs and infections (such as strep throat). It is also a genetic condition that may be passed on in the family (one in three cases are genetic, although it sometimes skips a generation).
Also, doctors have observed that stress can spark new outbreaks (or make existing cases worse).
Psoriasis patients have an increased risk of developing certain diseases, such as metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, inflammatory bowel disease; cardiovascular disease and possibly cancer.
Tips to control Psoriasis
Foods that help
A balanced diet is recommended to psoriasis patients which will help maintain a healthy weight and minimize the risk of acquiring this condition.
Psoriasis diet should include the following:
Foods to avoid
Certain foods have a negative impact on psoriasis thus aggravating this condition. Such foods need to be avoided to reduce the impact of the disease. Foods having a negative impact on psoriasis include the following:
If you have plaques on your face, neck, legs, or other areas that require shaving, use an electric razor instead of a blade. An electric razor won't cut skin as easily, and every time you cut yourself, you risk new lesions