Can Psoriasis Go Deep and Cause Nerve Damage?

You may only associate psoriasis with itchy, red patches on the skin, but what if its impact went deeper? Recent studies have found a link between psoriasis and nerve damage as well. Let’s explore further.

Is Nerve Damage Common With This Skin Condition?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition. It presents itself by increased, more like rapid growth of new skin cells. This speed leads to thick, scaly, and red patches on the skin.

While psoriasis does affect the skin primarily, it may also cause complications in other parts of the body, including the nervous system. Nerve damage is a common complication of psoriasis that can lead to various symptoms.

Questions About Can Psoriasis Go Deep and Cause Nerve Damage?

Signs of Nerve Damage Due to Psoriasis

  1. Neuropathic Pain: Shooting, burning, or stabbing pain sensations due to nerve fiber damage that sends pain signals to the brain.
  2. Seizures: People with psoriasis are at a higher risk of developing seizures associated with increased inflammation and immune dysfunction.
  3. Migraines: Psoriasis is linked to an increased risk of migraines, which can be caused by inflammation and immune system dysregulation.
  4. Parkinson’s Disease: It increases your risk of a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by chronic inflammation and gait issues.
  5. Multiple Sclerosis: Both are autoimmune conditions. This one damages the protective covering of nerve fibers.
  6. Restless Leg Syndrome: In this condition, nerve damage gives you an uncontrollable urge to move the legs.

Causes of Nerve Damage

Unfortunately, the exact mechanism by which psoriasis causes nerve damage is not fully known. However, several factors are considered to contribute to this development:

  1. Inflammation: Chronic inflammation is the clear marker of psoriasis. This issue also negatively affects nerve fibers and disrupts nerve function.
  2. Immunological Factors: Your immune system is to blame for the development of psoriasis. In some cases, with skin issues, the immune system may also attack and damage nerve fibers, leading to nerve damage.
  3. Genetic Factors: Genetic predisposition is a cause, too as, well, and certain genetic mutations can increase the risk of developing nerve damage.

Treatment and Management

While it is not possible to cure psoriasis-related nerve damage, you can, however, manage symptoms and slow disease progression. These include:

  1. Topical Treatments: Corticosteroids used topically, vitamin D, and retinoids can help reduce inflammation and slow the growth of new skin cells.
  2. Systemic Treatments: Systemic medications like methotrexate and cyclosporine reduce inflammation and slow the progression of this disease.
  3. Physical Therapy: Physical therapy improves mobility and reduces pain along with discomfort associated with nerve damage.
  4. Pain Management: Using medication, acupuncture, and massage therapy is a good strategy to manage pain.
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In a nutshell, psoriasis can cause nerve damage that is a major contributor to issues like numbness, tingling, and pain. The exact mechanisms of psoriasis relating to nerve damage are not fully understood, but inflammation and immune factors are to blame essentially. There are many advancements going on in the field of research to make treatment plans for psoriasis easy. With new advancements, the success rate is increasing drastically.

If you want to learn more, contact SMS Clinical Research, led by Dr. Salma Saiger, MD, our Principal Investigator, who is leaving no stone unturned with her team to work on psoriasis. Call us; we can guide you regarding queries about ongoing clinical research about this condition. Reach out at (972) 216-5100.

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