Schweiger Dermatology Group
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Schweiger Dermatology Group - Broadway
1727 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Call: 212-203-0908
Manhattan Center for Dermatology

What Causes Psoriasis?

While the exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, researchers believe psoriasis results from various factors such as genetics, immune system, and environment. With these three factors added together, the risk of developing psoriasis is greater than the risk of someone without any of these factors.

Genetics and its impact on your skin’s health

Psoriasis patients often have a family member who has been affected by the disease as well. About a third of people who have psoriasis report that they also have a relative with the disease. Researchers report that up to 10% of our population is likely to inherit genes that give them a predisposition to psoriasis, although only around 3% of people who have the gene end up developing the disease.

Psoriasis and Your Immune System

The immune system protects us from foreign intruders, such as cold viruses, as they enter the body. However, sometimes there is miscommunication within the body and the immune system thinks healthy cells are actually foreign and therefore attacks them.

People suffering from psoriasis have an overactive immune system. This cause inflammation, which in turn causes of the skin to flare into a psoriasis outbreak. Healthy cells are then over-produced, which pushes excess cells to the skin’s surface too quickly. While a normal skin cycle lasts a month, people who have psoriasis go through an entire skin cycle in only a few days.

The human body can’t shed skin cells within a few days, which causes the cells to build upon each other on the skin’s surface. The red patches of thick skin caused by psoriasis are a buildup of skin cells.

Environment and Your Skin Rash

Environmental factors can also trigger the genes related to psoriasis, which causes the disease to activate. While one environmental trigger may affect one person, however, it may have no effect on the next. Some of these environmental triggers include stress, skin injury, infection, and medications such as lithium and quindine.

Prevention Tips from our Certified Dermatologist

While you are unable to prevent psoriasis, flare ups can be controlled with treatments. This not only includes topical medication, but also oral and injectables. Light therapy can also reduce the severity of psoriasis symptoms. Light therapy involves using ultraviolet light to slow the growth and inflammation of skin.

Along with medical treatment, lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of flare ups. It is best to avoid stress and keep your skin well taken care of. Using good hygiene practice will reduce infection, which will also keep the skin clear. It is important to stay on a healthy and nutritious diet that nourishes the body.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment regarding your road to healthy skin!

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