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What are the common causes of psoriasis?
While the exact causes behind the development of psoriasis remain undetermined, extensive research on the disease has enabled doctors to narrow it down to two major factors – the immune system and genetics. Know more about each of them below: • Immune System: Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease wherein the body starts attacking itself. T cells, a type of white blood cells, mistakenly attack your skin cells. Normally, white blood cells are produced by the body to attack and destroy any harmful bacteria, keeping you healthy and infection-free. In psoriasis patients, however, the process of skin cell production goes into overdrive. As the skin cell production process picks up pace, new skin cells start developing rapidly on your body. Soon, they pile up on the surface of your skin and you experience the plaques that are a common symptom of psoriasis. When your skin cells get attacked, it also leads to red and inflamed sections of the skin. • Genetics: Some people are predisposed to contracting psoriasis thanks to their inherited genes. If an immediate family member suffers from this condition, you are more likely to develop it. Thankfully, the percentage of individuals who are genetically predisposed to psoriasis is small. More cases of baby and adult psoriasis are coming to light than ever before. It could be due to people developing this disease or doctors getting better at diagnosis. Irrespective of how it’s caused, one thing’s for sure – the moment the condition gets detected, you should speak to a skin specialist about the best course of treatment. Consult a dermatologist and he/she will guide you on the best treatment for your condition.
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