An overview on psoriasis, its treatments, and its overall effects on body metabolism and mood. Unfortunately, many people with psoriasis “are going without treatment or are being undertreated, according to a study of more than 5,600 patients with psoriasis and a related condition, psoriatic arthritis, that recently appeared in the scientific journal JAMA Dermatology.” The study found that “from 2003 through 2011, 36.6 percent to 49.2 percent of patients with mild psoriasis were untreated,” while “up to 35.5 percent” of patients with moderate psoriasis and “29.7 percent” of patients with severe psoriasis went untreated.
Psoriasis is a chronic and common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Flare ups can cause cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin and form very thick, silvery scales with itchy, dry, red patches that some patients report as being painful, embarrassing and uncomfortable. Psoriasis, when untreated, can actually lead to problems that can be simply disabling, such as arthritis. At the first signs of psoriasis you should visit a dermatologist, such as Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, in order to evaluate the severity and treatment approaches.
The risk factors you need to look out for when it comes to psoriasis is first and foremost, your family history. The most significant risk factor is if you have a family history of the disease, in fact about 40 percent of people who suffer from psoriasis are related to someone who has had the disease. People with viral and bacterial infections, along with weak immune systems are more likely to contract the disease. High stress situations or lifestyles can also bring on the disease, because stress lowers your immune system
Those who are obese increase the risk of developing psoriasis because certain types can develop in skin creases and folds on the body. Another risk factor is smoking tobacco, which will not only increase the risk of initial development but also worsen an already existing condition of the disease.