Psoriasis is primarily an immune system disease, which means it is not infectious as a rash or a virus might be. For this reason, the more researchers learn about the immune system and how it interacts with psoriasis, the closer we will come to finding a cure.
How does psoriasis work?
White blood cells (part of the immune system) stimulate excess growth of skin cells, leading to the excessive scaling, which in turn causes itching general irritation. In particular, dysfunctional T-cells wreak havoc on the body’s ability to regenerate skin cells at a normal, balanced rate.
For this reason prescription medications that change immune system functionality have been developed to prevent these cells from hyper-proliferating (immunosuppressants). This is the most ground-breaking area of psoriasis research, which has been getting a lot of press in recent years because so many people suffer from psoriasis and are willing to go out of their way to find a more effective cure. Within the United States alone, estimates place the number of people affected by psoriasis between 5.5 and 7.5 million.
The connection between psoriasis and the immune system continues to intrigue/befuddle researchers. For this reason, clinical studies are ongoing to find a way to shut off the mechanisms that lead to psoriasis inspired immune system issues.
The immune system is extremely complex, and disorders can lead to some of humanity’s most troublesome diseases, including AIDS. There is much at stake for the millions of people affected by immune system / cell proliferation disorders.
There are ways you can support research efforts that will eventually lead to developing a cure for psoriasis. Donations to the research foundations (such as the National Psoriasis Foundation) are always welcome. You can also invest time as a volunteer, which might include educating the public about the causes and treatments that are available on the market today. There are also a number of psoriasis triggers aside from a dysfunctional immune system that need to be researched further. With an increasing measure of education and general investment, a cure for psoriasis will hopefully be found in the near future.