March 17, 2016 299
In one of the episodes of the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” series, Kim reveals that she has a few red patches on her body which her sister dismisses as ringworm. She then brings the matter to a dermatologist in that very same episode and it was then Dr Harold Lancer told her that she has psoriasis.
Kim was obviously devastated and that just might be her biggest problem. The worst part of all, there isn’t any cure to it at the moment. As you can see, Kim is a model so having perfect skin is part of her job requirement. If her condition worsens it might affect her career. She once said that even if they could Photoshop the patches out, it cannot be done similarly when it is recorded in a video.
So what is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is basically a form of disorder that affects the skin. In simple terms, it is a condition whereby the skin cells multiply up to 10 times faster than the normal rate. As these cells reach on the surface of the skin and die, the huge volume causes a sort of raised red plaque to form on the skin with same white-silver scales. Psoriasis usually occurs in areas like the knee, elbow and scalp as well as other places like the torso, palms and the sole of the feet.
How is psoriasis contracted?
As of now, nobody knows what causes psoriasis despite it being a common condition. But what we do know is that it can be genetically passed down to the next generation, which is similar to what happened to Kim. Kim’s mother, Kris previously also had psoriasis which started around the same age as Kim. The disease occurs mostly around the age between 15 and 35 though it may appear at any time. It does, however show some form of link with the immune system.
Despite that there are some known triggers that will cause psoriasis such as stress and lifestyle, Dr Lancer did note that a person’s psoriasis may be triggered by different things depending on the individual. Not everyone with the condition shares the same trigger. On the other hand, Kim noted that sometimes women develop psoriasis after the birth of their child, which might be related to the stress of childbirth.
The reason why I put it as a ‘solution’ with the inverted commas is that the medication field today has yet to find a proper cure for the condition. It does haunt sufferers in the long run due to the nature of the condition being chronic. However, it is said that there are still ways to control the symptoms and prevent it from worsening. One of the suggested solutions is to try a change of lifestyle. Ditch the hectic and stressful life to make sure your skin gets to grow and rest properly. Adapt a more healthy diet and exercise as well to reduce the likelihood of the symptoms from spreading since stress seemed to be hugely linked with psoriasis.
In terms of medical treatment, there are three categories which can be sought after. The first one is the topical category, where you apply creams and ointments on your skin.
Next, there is also phototherapy available where your skin would be exposed to a certain type of ultraviolet light
third one would be the usual systemic treatment (oral and injected medications).
Most of the time, psoriasis is usually treated with a combination of treatments. - can bullet the categories
Similarly with millions of other Americans who have psoriasis, Kim has an increased risk in contracting other serious health conditions such as heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and even depression. There are as many as 30% of people with psoriasis who also develop psoriatic arthritis which causes painful swelling in the joints.
National Psoriasis Foundation
by Nicky Lee
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