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Psoriasis Beneath the Surface: An Inflammation Story

Here’s the thing about psoriasis—What people see are the itchy, red plaques that appear on my skin. But in reality, those symptoms build from an imbalance inside my body.

The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it may be linked to an overproduction of inflammatory substances.

Let’s take a closer look.

In healthy bodies, the immune system triggers inflammation to heal cuts and fight off infections.

But for people like me, the immune system is working too hard, triggering inflammation in the skin even when there may be nothing to fight or fix.

This chronic inflammation causes my skin cells to grow too rapidly. Eventually, piling up to form the plaques on my skin.

And here’s the tricky thing about inflammation: it may also be linked to other conditions that can be associated with psoriasis. These are known as comorbidities.

My dermatologist knows to screen for potential comorbidities by looking out for symptoms, such as abdominal pain, abnormal blood pressure, or joint pain.

She may even refer me to a different doctor for further care.

And in between visits, I keep track of my symptoms as well. Along with certain inflammatory foods that I think may trigger my psoriasis. And even how psoriasis impacts my life.

By giving my dermatologist the whole story, we’re able to stay on top of my treatment plan.

There are a bunch of treatments out there that can help with inflammation, such as topicals, light therapy, oral systemic treatments, and biologics. So, I’m glad I have someone who can explain which options are right for me.

If you’re looking for help with your psoriasis like I was, start by talking to a dermatologist.

They’ll show you how reducing inflammation inside your body can help with the plaques on your skin.

So remember—when it comes to understanding psoriasis and inflammation, a good place to start is beneath the surface.