What You Need To Know
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition characterised by the rapid buildup of skin cells, leading to the development of thick, red, and scaly patches on the skin's surface. It is a non-contagious condition that can cause discomfort, itching, and self-esteem issues for those affected.
Psoriasis is believed to be caused by an abnormal immune response, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, triggering the rapid skin cell turnover. While the exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, it is thought to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
There are various types of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, and erythrodermic psoriasis. The severity and extent of symptoms can vary among individuals.
Due to the visibility of the disease, psoriasis has emotional implications, including self-consciousness, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, social isolation, and strained relationships.
Treatment options for psoriasis aim to manage symptoms, reduce inflammation, and slow down skin cell turnover.
Conventional treatments may include topical creams, phototherapy (light therapy), oral medications, and injectable biologic drugs.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Red and inflamed skin patches: These patches are typically covered with thick, silvery scales and can appear on various parts of the body, including the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.
Itching and discomfort
Dry and cracked skin
Thickened and pitted nails: Psoriasis can affect the nails, causing them to become thickened, pitted, or ridged.
Joint pain and swelling: In some cases, psoriasis can also lead to joint inflammation, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. This is known as psoriatic arthritis.
Scalp involvement: Psoriasis on the scalp can cause redness, flaking, and scaling, similar to dandruff.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
A Functional Medicine Approach to Psoriasis
Our approach to psoriasis focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of the condition, rather than solely treating the symptoms.
Here are key aspects of a functional medicine approach to psoriasis:
COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT: A thorough evaluation of an individual's medical history, lifestyle factors, environmental exposures, and potential triggers is conducted to understand the unique factors contributing to their psoriasis.
DIETARY SUPPORT: A personalised dietary plan is developed to reduce inflammation, support immune function, and promote skin health. This may involve identifying and eliminating potential food sensitivities or allergens, incorporating anti-inflammatory foods, and ensuring adequate nutrient intake.
GUT HEALTH: The gut plays a crucial role in immune function, and addressing gut health is essential in managing psoriasis. This may involve identifying and treating gut dysbiosis (imbalanced gut microbiome), optimising digestion and absorption, and supporting gut barrier integrity.
STRESS MANAGEMENT: Chronic stress can worsen psoriasis symptoms. Stress-reduction techniques, such as mindfulness, meditation, breathing exercises, and lifestyle modifications, are incorporated to help manage stress levels and support overall well-being.
DETOXIFICATION SUPPORT: Supporting the body's natural detoxification processes can help eliminate toxins that may contribute to psoriasis. This may involve liver support, reducing exposure to environmental toxins, and enhancing elimination pathways.
LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS: Recommendations for regular exercise, adequate sleep, and managing environmental triggers (such as harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures) are provided to support overall health and minimise psoriasis flare-ups.
SUPPLEMENTS: Individualised supplement protocols may be recommended based on specific nutritional deficiencies or imbalances identified through testing.
To take a proactive role in managing your health, we encourage you to reach out to our team. We have extensive experience assisting individuals with conditions such as psoriasis and are dedicated to helping you improve your symptoms and overall well-being.
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