Psoriasis affects almost 3% of the world’s population, ranging from babies to adults. Many suffer constant pain from skin that cracks and bleeds. Another symptom is continually shedding scaly skin that litters clothes and surroundings.
People with psoriasis face several major challenges.
- Discouragement with doctor’s treatments because there simply is no medical cure
- Psoriatic arthritis – a crippling form of arthritis that can develop in people with psoriasis.
- Feelings of rejection because of the public’s lack of understanding of their condition.
Many people with psoriasis suffer in silence. However there is growing awareness with the International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA) initiating activities globally in many countries to raise awareness about psoriasis and to bring greater attention and consideration to people who suffer with it.
There is currently no medical cure for psoriasis. For most people, they go to their doctor who typically prescribes hydrocortisone cream or some similar topical steroid. It might work like a charm and the psoriasis might disappear, but it is a temporary fix. Once the steroid use is stopped, the psoriasis comes back worse! And the problem is you can’t keep using steroids long term as it will thin the skin (skin atrophy) and has many other harmful side effects such as diabetes, hypertension in addition to growth impairment in children. If you have psoriasis around the eyes or eyelids, frequent and prolonged use of a topical corticosteroid can cause glaucoma and even cataracts.
The good news is there are several psoriasis treatments that can help reduce flare ups and “cure” psoriasis.
According to Prof Huck-Hui Ng, Executive Director of the A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), who led an international team of researchers from Singapore, China, USA and Europe to conduct the world’s first large-scale, trans-ethnic, genome-wide analysis of DNA samples taken from Caucasian and Chinese populations for the study on the chronic skin disease, psoriasis, “there are different types of treatments for psoriasis, with each addressing a different root cause of the disease. The only way for a patient to know which treatment best works for his or her condition is to try each over time – this will lead to added costs and time.”
A combination of nutrition and the right skincare can make a huge difference.