1. What is psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease characterized by papules, erythema, and scales. The disease can occur all over the body, with the scalp and extending limbs being more common, and it usually worsens in winter. There are five official types of psoriasis including plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic.
2. Why do you get psoriasis
The exact pathogenesis of psoriasis is not yet fully understood. But it is generally recognized that it is a complex disease which is associated with multiple factors such as heredity, environment, immunity, infection, and spirit. The immune system of psoriasis patients can be easily impaired. In the case of low immunity, it is easy to be stimulated by external incentives.
3. Is the incidence of psoriasis related to infection?
It could be. Guttate psoriasis is often associated with streptococcal infection which often found in patients with tonsillitis and upper respiratory tract infections.
4. Will psoriasis be inherited?
Psoriasis is considered as a hereditary condition. It is a genetic disease, which can run in families. In other words, having a family member with the disease increases the risk of getting psoriasis but it does not mean you must have psoriasis in the future. Therefore, focusing on predisposing factors is vital for for the prevention and treatment of psoriasis.
5. Can psoriasis be contagious?
Psoriasis is not an infectious disease, and it cannot be transmitted to or by others.
6. Will psoriasis be accompanied by other diseases?
It is possible. Patients often have arthritis, metabolic syndrome (obesity, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, etc.), or atherosclerosis etc. Some scholars thus have proposed that psoriasis is a systemic disease rather than a simple skin problem.
7. Can psoriasis be “cured”?
Currently, psoriasis cannot be cured. However, there are many treatment methods and most patients can achieve clinical remission after standard treatment, and the skin lesions can be completely resolved.
8. What are the treatments for psoriasis
There are many treatment methods for psoriasis, which can be divided into external medication, systemic medication, physical phototherapy, and traditional Chinese medicine treatment. We recommend patients to choose TCM syndrome differentiation treatment.
9. Why should patients with psoriasis avoid catching cold
The onset, aggravation or recurrence of psoriasis is closely related to infection. Cold is one of the most common infections in daily life, and after a cold, it may cause immune disorders. Secondary bacterial infections can further aggravate psoriasis, so patients with psoriasis should avoid wind and cold.
10. Why moisturizing?
Keeping skin moisturized is one of the keys in the treatment of psoriasis. Moisturizing can keep skin hydrated, sooth irritated skin, reduce the adverse reactions of topical drugs and reduce isomorphic reactions.
11. What kind of food patient should avoid?
We suggest patients should avoid lamb and alcohol (liquor, beer, wine, etc.). There are a small number of patients whose skin rashes aggravate after eating certain foods. These patients should adjust their diet appropriately. Smoking can indeed aggravate psoriasis, so it is necessary to quit drinking. Additionally, patients should eat less spicy and cold foods as they may harm righteousness and bring no benefits to recovery.
12. Can psoriasis bathe in hot springs?
Hot spring bathing is part of physical therapy. The hot spring bath can regulate the sympathetic nerves of patients and increase the function of T cells. At the same time, it also removes scales, cleans the skin, improves blood circulation and metabolism. Patients can enjoy hot springs.
13. Are mental factors related to psoriasis? Need to avoid overwork?
Mental factors such as trauma, psychological pressure, emotional overstress and anxiety will all have a negative impact on the disease. So, adjusting emotions, controlling mentality, and keeping good mood are keys to manage psoriasis.
Psoriasis is also related to fatigue as the function of immunity system will decrease when you are tired. So do not get overworked.