Is there a cure for psoriasis?
Before I answer, let me ask you. What would a cure for psoriasis look like?
Think of it this way, before you exhibited your first symptoms of psoriasis, did you not have psoriasis? Or was it always there dormant, waiting for a trigger?
Also, If the symptoms go away, does that mean you’re cured? Or does it mean you still have it, and its just there waiting in your body for the next thing to come that’s going to trigger a flare-up.
Psoriasis is not a virus like say HSV (Herpes) or HPV that become part of the cell’s genome they infect and therefore flareups reoccur every so often.
Psoriasis is also not a deficiency of your immune system that leaves you vulnerable to diseases – in fact – outbreaks of psoriasis often mean your immune system is hard at work – it’s just fighting the wrong enemy.
Like most other autoimmune conditions, no one really knows exactly what causes our immune system to suddenly go rogue, and begin attacking the very cells it should be protecting. What we do know is that – if you develop one autoimmune condition, you’re more likely to develop other ones.
For example, most people that develop Psoriatic Arthritis have had some other form of psoriasis for 10 years or more.
There’s a strong consensus that autoimmune diseases of all kinds are caused by our environment. The food we eat, the stuff we drink, the air we breathe, and possibly most importantly, the stress we subject ourselves to, is what’s making our bodies go into these paths of self-destruction.
A recent systematic review identified that autoimmune diseases have been on the rise in dramatic fashion over the last 30 years. The large increase in incidence rate in such a short time point to a stronger influence of environmental factors as opposed to genetic factors on autoimmune disease development.
Now, let’s go back to our initial question, can psoriasis be cured? I would argue that you can’t cure something that is not a disease, at least not in the traditional sense. Like I said earlier, Psoriasis is neither a virus we can destroy or an infection we can fight – instead, evidence strongly suggests its a response to our environment and our modern way of life.
So, In the same way we get a tan or sunburned when we stay in the sun unprotected for a long period of time, Psoriasis happens when a number of environmental factors trigger a particular behavior in our bodies.
In short, there is no cure for psoriasis, just like there is no cure for a sunburn, yet, both can be treated and even prevented, so now let’s talk about treatments available.