Psoriasis 2

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Psoriasis triggers are not universal. What may cause one persons psoriasis to become active, may not affect another. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about psoriasis triggers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Scientists believe that at least 10 percent of the general population inherits one or more of the genes that create a predisposition to psoriasis. However, only 2 percent to 3 percent of the population develops the disease.

Researchers believe that for a person to develop psoriasis, the individual must have a combination of the genes that cause psoriasis and be exposed to specific external factors known as triggers.

The National Psoriasis Foundation lists these potential psoriasis triggers:

StressStress can cause psoriasis to flare for the first time or aggravate existing psoriasis. Relaxation and stress reduction may help prevent psoriasis.

Injury to skinPsoriasis can appear in areas of the skin that have been injured by injections, sunburns, scratches or bruises.

Certain medicinesCertain medications can aggravate psoriasis or cause it to flare up after people take them.

Psoriasis is a lifelong chronic disease that people need to learn to manage. Avoiding and managing these triggers may help reduce the number and severity of psoriasis flares.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.