Dr. Pranjal Shamsher, Multi-Therapy Consultant, throws light on the various causes and types of Psoriasis.

Why do people get Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is genetically inherited. Most people who get Psoriasis are born with a genetic predisposition for psoriasis. However, even with a family history it is not absolutely necessary that one will get psoriasis. Factors like stress, anxiety, physical injury, digestive upsets and climate changes are some of the common triggers that cause Psoriasis flare-ups in a genetically predisposed person.

 Can summer flare-up psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a disease where skin cells run amok. Normally the skin renews itself in about 24 days which is the time taken by skin cells to work their way from the inner most layer to the surface of the skin. However in cases of Psoriasis the cells reach the surface in just 3-4 days. This causes a huge cluster of thick skin flakes to accumulate on the surface of the skin giving rise to typical appearance in psoriatic lesions. Although most cases of psoriasis flare-up in winters, summer flare-ups are not uncommon. Summer flare ups are commonly found in people who are allergic to the sun and UV radiation. 

Is Psoriasis contagious?

No, only infectious diseases can be contagious in nature. Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition which happens to people only if they have a genetic tendency for the same. A psoriasis person can play with children, cook for the family and even donate blood without the risk of it spreading to any other person.  

How is Psoriasis diagnosed?

Psoriatic lesions are very characteristic and have a typical appearance which cannot be missed. However visual diagnosis may need confirmation. Psoriatic lesions are typically found on joint prominences like the finger knuckles, elbows, knees and ankles. Apart from these areas it is also common on the scalp, palms and soles. Psoriasis is also of many types, like Plaque, Guttate, Erythrodermic and Pustular. As each type of Psoriasis requires a slightly different approach, treatment should only begin after a proper evaluation of its type and triggering factors.

Dr. Pranjal Shamsher is the first Skin Doctor in Bangalore to offer natural, non-surgical and non-invasive treatments for skin disorders. With over 25 years of experience in the field Dermatology, Dr. Pranjal Shamsher has devised a unique Multi-Therapy approach involving the use of several therapies at the same, to treat the most stubborn, obstinate and long-standing skin disorders with a skin-friendly and 100% side-effect free results. Her integrated and Multi-Therapy approach has helped many chronic disease sufferers to recover safely without any side-effects.