Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune problem. An auto immune problem occurs when one group of white blood cells attack some cells in the skin or hair. Groups of white blood cells circulate our blood and lymphatic system.  White blood cells protect our bodies from viruses, bacteria and micro-organisms.

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What are the signs of psoriasis?

Signs of psoriasis include patches on the skin that are covered by silvery white scales.  Common areas on the body are the elbows, knees, and scalp.

Why does your skin look scaly with psoriasis?

The cause of the scales with psoriasis is abnormal cell division. Skin cells that are normal have a life span of 28 days.  For psoriasis, the turnover rate is 10 times faster causing the buildup of red, scaly patches on the skin.

Psoriasis can be triggered by exposure to a new substance, stress, injuries to the skin, and viral and bacterial infections.  People who suffer with psoriasis are genetically predisposed to it.

Treatment for psoriasis.

There is no treatment that will work 100 percent.  One treatment may work for one person but may not work for another person.  A trichologist may recommend the amino acid Tyrosine. Tyrosine decreases the production of the hormone epinephrine also known as noradrenaline in the skin.  When epinephrine is decreased, relevant white blood cells are decreased as well.  The hormone melatonin is increased by tyrosine. This process helps increase the resistance of hair follicles to autoimmune attack.

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