What causes psoriasis?
No one knows exactly what causes psoriasis, but most researchers
now conclude that it is related to the immune system
(psoriasis is often called an "immune-mediated" disorder).
In psoriasis, the immune system is somehow triggered which
in turn speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells. A normal
skin cell matures in 28 to 30 days and is shed from the
skin's surface unnoticed, however a psoriatic skin cell
takes only 3 to 4 days to mature and move to the surface
which creates the cells to pile-up and form elevated red
Who gets psoriasis?
Psoriasis appears to be slightly more prevalent in women than
men. The average age of diagnosis is 28, and psoriasis most
commonly appears between the ages of 15 and 35; however it
can develop at any time. A first-time diagnosis of psoriasis
has been seen to occur in ages that vary from new-born
babies and small children, to very old people. Psoriasis in
infants is considered rare, however between 10 and 15
percent of those with psoriasis get it before age 10. About
150,000 to 260,000 new cases of psoriasis are diagnosed each
How is psoriasis diagnosed?
No special blood tests or other diagnostic tool exists for
psoriasis. The diagnosis is generally determined through
examination of the skin by a physician or other health care
provider. Less commonly, a skin biopsy is examined under
the microscope for biological evidence of psoriasis. The
presence of small pits in the fingernails is also an
indicator of psoriasis.
Is psoriasis contagious?
No, psoriasis is not contagious. It is not something you can
"catch" or "pass on." Lesions of psoriasis may be unsightly,
but they should not be regarded as an infection or an open
wound. An individual with psoriasis poses no threat to the
health or safety of others.
What parts of the body are affected?
Psoriasis most commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows and
torso, however, psoriasis can develop anywhere including the
nails, palms, soles, genitals and face (which is rare). The
lesions often appear in a symmetrical fashion, and in the
same place on the right and left sides of the body.
Is there a cure for psoriasis?
There is no known cure however there are many different
treatments, both topical and systemic, that can clear
psoriasis for periods of time. Experimentation is often
required to find a treatment that works for a particular
person. Some people who have psoriasis experience
spontaneous remissions which is unpredictable, but no one
knows why this happens. The Kangal Fishy Spa is a natural
alternative treatment method that is scientifically proven
to be both effective and to increase the time between
Do people die from psoriasis?
About 400 people die from complications caused by psoriasis
each year. Primarily, such complications occur in relation
to a severe, extensive form of psoriasis, such as
generalized pustular psoriasis or erythrodermic psoriasis,
where large areas of skin are shed. The skin plays an
important role in regulating body temperature and serving as
a barrier to infection. When a person's skin is compromised
of such severe affliction, secondary infections are
possible. Fluid loss is also a complicating factor in these
serious forms of psoriasis, and a great strain is placed on
the circulatory system. Also, approximately 400 people
receive social security disability due to psoriasis each
Can people with psoriasis function normally?
the most part, people with psoriasis function normally.
Sometimes people experience low self-esteem because
psoriasis is unsightly. Psoriasis is often misunderstood by
the public, which can make awkward social interactions. This
may lead to additional emotional problems such as anxiety,
anger, embarrassment and depression. Psoriasis can also
affect the type of work people do if it is visible.
Is there hope that a cure will be found?
Yes. There is more research activity for psoriasis today than
ever before. Tremendous progress has been made in
understanding psoriasis, both in terms of the immune system
problems related to the disease and the underlying genetic
What effect does the sun have on psoriasis?
Natural sunlight can have a positive effect on psoriasis. The
long-known benefits of sunlight provided the basis for the
development of ultraviolet light therapy for treating
psoriasis and other skin diseases. Psoriasis certainly gets
better with ultraviolet light. The more sun, the better it
gets, and wintertime often worsens the condition due to less
sun. Sunlight and ultraviolet light slow the rapid growth
of skin cells. The Sivas Kangal Thermal Center is the most
suitable place for treatment due to its access to natural
ultraviolet rays thanks to its high altitude from sea level
(1650 mt). Statistics shows us that the Kangal Treatment
Center receives direct sunlight 280 days of the year which
is perfectly suitable for the patients with its 6 outdoor
Will psoriasis cause my hair to fall out?
Psoriasis itself will not cause the hair to fall out, however,
very thick scales in the scalp can entrap hair and as you
attempt to remove the scales you can loose hair in the
process. In addition, some medications such as salicylic
acid can temporarily damage the hair. You can expose your
scalp to the water by lying on the surface as well as by
using a snorkel.
Is it a must to stay for a 21 day period?
It is totally NOT a must but it is STRONGLY ADVISED in order to
get the optimal results that nature has to offer. Not only
is it important to expose your body to physical contact with
the ‘doctor fish’, but it is also vital to obtain the
advantages provided by other factors such as sunbathing,
drinking the selenium enriched spa water on a empty stomach
and having the Jacuzzi effect of the spa. Previous research
and investigation has been carried out on a 21-day patient
What is the most suitable period for the treatment?
There isn't any suitable period for the treatment. Both
seasons have minuses and pluses in terms of receiving
treatment sessions. Summer time is considered a high season
for the center, however the ratio between the number of fish
and the human bodies in the pool can easily vary. Larger
numbers of patients in the pool at any given time will cause
the Dr. Fish to respond to the patient to a lesser degree
because they are already full from feeding. The summer does
however allow the patients to take advantage of the strong
summer sunshine. In the winter time, the doctor fish are
observed as being more eager to attack the wounded parts of
the skin providing more sucking action which multiplies the
vibrating effect of the treatment and in-turn boosts the
recovering period. It is important to note that the Patients
can also get the advantage of direct sunlight in the
wintertime, but of course not as strong as it in the summer
How can I reach the thermal center?
Deren Koray Tourism will assist you by providing you with a
full treatment package. We would like to kindly invite you
to check our reservation
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