Psoriasis, also known as psoriasis, is a chronic inflammatory skin disease in which skin cells multiply too quickly, resulting in inflammatory, scaly skin lesions. The symptoms of psoriasis occur in episodes. They include red patches with silvery-white scales, itching and sometimes pain. The skin lesions can occur on various parts of the body, with the hairy head area, elbows, knees and back being particularly frequently affected – skin folds are less frequently involved. Psoriasis is not contagious.

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Overall, there are different types of psoriasis, with plaque psoriasis being the most common. In addition to the skin, nails and joints (psoriatic arthritis) can also be affected.

The Symptoms include:

  • Reddened areas of skin
  • Silvery-whitish scales
  • Partially bleeding areas, especially when the skin is scratched
  • Itching
  • Infestation of the nails
  • Infestation of the joints in psoriatic arthritis

Causes of Psoriasis

The exact causes of psoriasis are not fully understood. It is an immune disorder that could be triggered by the following influences:

  • Environmental pollution
  • Food intolerances
  • Digestive disorders (especially leaky gut but also SIBO)
  • Psychological factors such as stress and trauma
  • Infections
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic predisposition

Treatment of Psoriasis

While conventional medicine focuses on symptomatic treatment, for example through the topical application of cortisone-containing creams, UV light therapy, PUVA therapy and systemic medication, holistic medicine focuses on the causes and comprehensive treatment.

Holistic treatment includes providing the body with an adequate supply of fortifying micronutrients such as vitamin D3 and K2, omega-3 fatty acids, collagen and zinc. Detoxification measures and intestinal cleansing also play a decisive role.

Dr. med. Karsten Ostermann M.A.

With the help of a thorough diagnosis that addresses the causes, therapeutic measures can be selected in a targeted manner.

Dr. Karsten Ostermann

Further information

The information listed contains relevant topics and serves to improve understanding.