Psoriasis symptoms can be worsened or eased by diet choices.
Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune skin disease that causes skin cells to build up rapidly, resulting in redness, scaling, itchiness, dry skin, and pain. These patches of inflamed skin are known as psoriasis lesions. They can appear anywhere on the surface of the body, though most often they show up on the scalp, knees, and elbows. Like the other autoimmune conditions, the causes of psoriasis aren’t entirely clear but experts believe a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental trigger is in play.
Psoriasis can have a profound negative impact on quality of life not only because of its physical symptoms but also because lesions can be disfiguring. In a review of over 500 psoriasis patients, 73% reported that they felt stigmatized in some way because of their appearance. Psoriasis patients also report higher levels of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts than the general population, and the worse the severity of their psoriasis, the greater the burden on self-esteem, body image, psychological health, social life, and overall quality of life.
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