Those suffering from psoriasis notice red patches on their skin that are covered with silvery scales. The cause of the condition is unknown, although malfunctioning T-cells (cells that attack viruses and bacteria) are known to attack healthy cells in patients with psoriasis. Treatment does exist to help reduce the symptoms of the condition, although there is currently no cure for psoriasis.
As the cause of psoriasis is not known, there is no way to prevent the disease. However, there are certain steps patients may take to reduce their symptoms. Treatment also exists that may help to improve quality of life.
Avoiding Risk Factors
Understanding the risk factors associated with psoriasis is the first step in reducing one's symptoms. Stress, obesity and smoking are recognized triggers for psoriasis. Patients with psoriasis should reduce their stress and should practice a healthy lifestyle to stay fit and in shape. Avoiding smoking and the heavy consumption of alcohol may also be helpful. Injury to the skin such as bug bites, cuts, scrapes and sunburn may also trigger the condition. Strep throat thrush is also a risk factor associated with the condition. For more information on how to reduce symptoms and avoid risk factors that may trigger psoriasis, talk to a trained skincare professional or physician in your area.