What is Psoriasis?

psoriasis-skin-consitions-effects-of-obesityPsoriasis is a chronic disease that causes the skin to become itchy, inflamed, red or scaly. These irritations occur in patches most commonly around the extensor of various joints but are also found on the scalp, ears, elbows, knees, belly and genitals. These patches form around the inflamed skin causing excess skin production, where the skin build ups form quicker than the body is able to shed creating a scale like texture/appearance.

There is no exact explanation for the causes of Psoriasis but strong links have been found relating obesity at an early age and the development of psoriasis later in life. Research is also shown that patients suffering from severe psoriasis tend to have far greater BMIs when compared to those with lesser symptoms and sequentially lower BMIs, therefore maintaining a healthy body weight can be highly beneficial in the process of lessening symptoms.

Patients suffering from psoriasis are encouraged to visit a local doctor or GP to further assess the condition as various treatment options are available including a wide range of creams and medications. In is important when in the diagnosis phase to rule out certain food groups such as wheat, soy or dairy from being the cause of the problem, this can be done by phasing out certain food groups from the diet for small periods (~1 week) at a time.