Living with psoriasis


What is Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. These patches usually appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back and can be itchy or sore. Around 2% of people in the UK are affected and it can start at any age but mostly develops in adults under 35.

For some people it’s just a minor irritation but for others, it can majorly affect the quality of their life. Psoriasis is a chronic long lasting disease that usually involves periods when you have mild or no symptoms, followed by periods when your symptoms are more severe.

My mother Anne was a sufferer thankfully she didn’t have severe symptoms but anyone with this skin disorder needs hugs 🤗. Please note that PSORIASIS IS NOT CONTAGIOUS.

The Problem lies with the Skin Renewal System
People with psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells. Normally skin cells are made and replaced every 28 days but in psoriasis the skin renewal system takes only 3-7 days! This allows dead skin cells to build up rapidly on the surface of this skin. These extra skin cells form scales and red patches and become itchy and can become painful. So when we are treating psoriasis – we are trying to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly. Unfortunately there is no cure for psoriasis but managing changes to your lifestyle can help.
What are the symptoms
You will know if you have psoriasis if you have:
* Red patches of skin covered with thick silvery scales
* Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
* Itchy, burning or sore skin
* Swollen and stiff joints
* Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
What causes Psoriasis
The exact cause of psoriasis is not known to us yet… but it’s thought to be an immune system problem. The immune system is your body’s defence against disease and infection, but for people with psoriasis, it attacks healthy skin cells by mistake.
Psoriasis triggers

* Throat or skin infections
* Skin becomes injured e.g. cut, scrape, a bug bite or severe sunburn
* Stress
* Smoking
* Heavy alcohol intake
* Vitamin D deficiency
* Certain medications – e.g. lithium

Who is at risk of having Psoriasis
* if your parent has it, then that will increase the risk
* Children and young adults with recurring throat infections
* Stress – because stress can affect your immune system
* Smokers
* Those of us who are Overweight

Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to large eruptions and it can flare up for a few weeks or months then subside for a while or even going into complete remission.

What can you do for treatment?

I think you have to get your nutrition right first. You are what you eat is one of my favourite sayings and I do believe your skin reflects what you are putting inside. So I would think about taking probiotics. I would recommend you go on a wheat free diet and adding Vitamin D3 supplements. Drink lots of water to detox and adding some fresh lemons, oranges or grapefruits to this mix is going to get detox your system quicker.

For your skin, you can mix up your own cream with Shea Butter, Coconut oil and a few drops of Geranium essential oil. This home made moisturiser should help to reduce inflammation and soothe your skin.

Finally, quite smoking and manage your stress to further strengthen your immune system.