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What’s the Causes of Psoriasis

September 6, 2012 by  
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When it comes to the causes of psoriasis there are several different and overlapping theories offered by the medical community. In the following we shall discuss these theories, and also talk a little bit about a new theory that has emerged.

Psoriasis is a disease of the skin that is non-contagious, and on average it affects around 1-3 % of the world’s population. The symptoms are well known and will often come and go over time. Typical psoriasis symptoms are reddish, silvery raised patches of excess skin with peeling scales appearing many different places on the body, and very frequently on the scalp.

There are many different psoriasis types and variates. However, the by far most common is so called plaque psoriasis. The exact causes of psoriasis are not really known by the medical community. However, the theories we shall take a look at here will be the best explanations they have to offer.

Genetic Causes Of Psoriasis?

There has been some research involving certain gene mutations which may or may not be part of what is causing psoriasis. Gene mutations will typically affect certain cells in such a way that they function abnormally. In the case of psoriasis, it seems to be the T-helper cells that are creating problem.

Autoimmune Problems Among The Causes Of Psoriasis?

A normal and healthy immune system fights off foreign invaders such as viruses, fungus, and bacteria by producing antibodies. The white blood cells that produce these antibodies will also produce certain chemicals to assist in the process.

What happens in the case of psoriasis is that a certain group of white blood cells called T-cells goes into hyperactivity. The immune system seems to actually attack the skin and trigger many different events that leads to the skin cells multiplying many times more rapidly than they are supposed to. The dead skin cells then begin to stack up on the surface of the skin. The normal cycle for skin cells are around thirty days from “birth” to death. In the case of psoriasis however, the skin cells will complete this whole cycle in as little as 3-6 days.

If the immune system is working properly and as it should, the T-cells are supposed to assist in the healing of the skin. What happens in the case of psoriasis is that the T-cells will produce way to much of these assisting chemicals. This again will cause inflammation of the skin, and sometimes even the joints will suffer.

Causes Of Psoriasis Revealed As Just One Underlying Cause?

Could it be that the medical community is just to narrow in their focus? They zoom in on what goes on at the genetic and the cellular level to find what causes psoriasis, but they tend to forget the bigger picture. Nobody asks what causes these anomalies in the T-cells and immune system in the first place.

Why is the body seemingly attacking it’s own skin? Could it have anything to do with the overall toxicity level of the body? Let’s say the body is trying desperately to get rid of an excessive amount of toxins via the sweat and the skin. As these toxins are being “rounded up” and moved towards the surface of the skin there is a bottleneck factor involved. When the toxins get concentrated towards the surface of the skin it is only natural that the immune system reacts. It attacks these toxins and the skin suffer.

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