New study gives hope to certain psoriasis patients

psoriasisPsoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes thick, red, scaly patches on the skin, and it’s caused by a malfunction of the autoimmune system. In addition to skin lesions, psoriasis can cause itching and even arthritis in about a third of patients. The disease affects about seven and a half million people in the U.S.

Areas Psoriasis Affects

Psoriasis can affect any part of your body

But they most often occur on:

  • Palms
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Scalp
  • Face

First symptoms of the disease will occur between the ages of 15 and 30 and between 50 and 60. But people can show signs of psoriasis at any age.

Psoriasis flares

Psoriasis flares can be triggered by:

  • Stress
  • Cold weather
  • Dry skin
  • Vaccinations
  • Certain medications
  • Upper-respiratory infections
  • Smoking
  • Certain foods and ingredients
  • Alcohol

Treating Psoriasis

Managing and treating the disease

Many patients can reduce their symptoms with treatments that I prescribe, and a new study is showing hope for those psoriasis sufferers who are also obese: weight loss. The study indicated that the inflammatory symptoms of psoriasis were reduced in those patients who lost weight.

Psoriasis and Weight Loss

People with psoriasis can reduce symptoms by losing weight?

Scientists studied 60 obese psoriasis patients, each of whom lost an average of 30 pounds over four months and found that the severity of their psoriasis had lessened. And the results were still obvious one year later even though participants had regained an average of about 10 pounds.

Reducing weight reduces stress on the body and can help reduce psoriasis

Many medical professionals realize that obesity is a stress factor for the body and that it increases inflammation. Therefore, psoriasis symptoms are increased. Excess weight also increases skin friction, which can aggravate psoriasis.

Learn more about psoriasis

Your psoriasis may only be a few areas of dandruff-like scaling or eruptions that cover large areas, and it can clear up for months or even years at a time. You may experience flare-ups in cyclical patterns, such as improvement in the summer and flares in the winter. Call for a diagnosis and treatment plan appointment today: (210) 370-9995.

 

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