Psoriasis is generally considered to be a skin disease. The word alone is practically synonymous with itchy, flaky skin. But it’s important to remember that psoriasis’s trademark symptoms are precisely that—symptoms. In his recent article “Effects of Psoriasis Not Confined to Skin,” Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff reminds us that, at its core, psoriasis is an immune system disease resulting in inflammation—and that inflammation can manifest in many forms, both externally and internally.
The real takeaway is that managing psoriasis requires a holistic approach. Of course, this often begins with treating the red or scaly patches that so often form on the skin, but it doesn’t end there. As Dr. Komaroff notes in his article, psoriasis’s constant inflammation can lead to further, more serious complications such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer.
One all-too-common manifestation of psoriasis is psoriatic arthritis. In fact, nearly 1-in-3 psoriasis patients will find themselves adding swollen, painful joints to their list of symptoms. Like all forms of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis has no cure, but it can be managed when properly treated.
Seemingly unrelated conditions like heart disease and arthritis serve to remind us of one important thing: while the skin-deep aspects of psoriasis get a lot of attention, you’re not just managing an itch—you’re managing your health. So regardless of where or how your psoriasis manifests itself, always maintain an honest, ongoing dialogue with your doctor. It’s the single best thing you can do to treat your psoriasis symptoms—those you can see, as well as those you can’t.
Back in September, 2016, we wrote on the challenges of eczema in infants, noting that 70% of eczema cases begin in children younger than five—and how around 60% of infants with eczema will continue to have symptoms into adulthood. Knowing this, expectant mothers will want to do everything they can to help reduce their newborn’s […]
Much like psoriasis, eczema is an inflammatory condition that can result in itchy, scaly skin. It’s not curable, but it can be controlled — and one of the best things you can do is keep your eczema in check by knowing and avoiding your triggers. Triggers are external conditions that aggravate your eczema, resulting in […]
It’s not an uncommon sight for new parents — an itchy, scaly patch on their baby’s cheeks, or uncomfortable-looking red areas in the folds of their skin. The fact is that 70% of eczema cases start in children younger than 5 years old, and around 60% of infants who have eczema will continue to have […]
Scientists recently concluded a study of 382 men (191 with psoriasis and 191 without) to determine whether there’s a link between psoriasis and erectile dysfunction. Conducted at the Guangdong Provincial Dermatology Hospital in Guangzhou, China, the study found that 53% of subjects with psoriasis also suffered from erectile dysfunction, compared to only 40% of those […]
The Internet is full of helpful information to educate and assist people dealing with psoriasis. Scientific and medical research has made tremendous strides in identifying the challenges of—and solutions to—living with this inflammatory disease that affects millions of people around the globe. But when it comes to identifying clear links between diet and psoriasis flare-ups, […]
First and foremost, psoriasis is a skin condition. But new studies are showing that this same condition that inflames and irritates the elbows, knees, and scalps of 125 million people worldwide can also have a negative impact on bone density, resulting in osteopenia and osteoporosis. The links between psoriasis and bone loss were first published […]
Spring is often a welcome change from the cold, dry months of winter—and the summer that follows even more so. This can be especially true for anyone dealing with psoriasis. The warmer air, the bright sun, and the humidity can all bring much-needed relief to otherwise dry and itchy skin. But while the nicer weather […]
Does weight gain lead to psoriasis, or is it the other way around? This question has been puzzling scientists for ages, but two things remain clear. Weight and psoriasis are indeed linked, and less of both is most certainly a good thing. Indeed, there is growing evidence that both psoriasis and weight gain may be […]
Odds are most of our readers won’t need this post. After all, if you’ve been managing your psoriasis for any amount of time, you’ve likely seen a doctor and received a proper diagnosis. But what about people who don’t yet know what they’re up against? Irritated and inflamed skin can take on many forms, and […]