What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, scaly patches on the skin due to systemic inflammation.
The pathophysiology of psoriasis is multifactorial and involves epidermal hyperproliferation, abnormal differentiation of epidermal keratinocytes, and inflammation with immunologic alterations in the skin.
According to Psoriasis Association of Malaysia, it is estimated that 500,000 to 800,000 Malaysians are affected by psoriasis.
Common risk factors
Sign & Symptoms
•Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
•Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
•Itching & burning sensation around patches
•Thick, pitted nails
•Swollen, stiff joints
•High blood pressure
•Type II diabetes
•Low self-esteem & depression
Food to Focus
•Vegetables (bell peppers, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli)
•Fatty fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel)
Food to Avoid
•Apply moisturizers frequently
•Avoid smoking & alcohol
•Avoid trigger food (refined sugar, processed food, red meat)
•Manage stress with yoga & meditation
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