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there More Psoriasis Today?
Do we have any idea about the prevalence of P from the past?
Does our present
society and it's unique stresses present certain conditions that
Response: Excellent question,
Sarah. I’ve not seen any
literature that suggests a fluctuation in the percentage of populations
who are psoriatic. Indeed, it
wasn’t until the last century that percentages of population were even
conjectured, as far as I know.
We know that we
are more aware of P and on a broader scale than we could have been in the
past. There’s more of us
(general population increase), more advanced technologies increasing
communications between us (we are much better informed, and about goings-on
in a wider area, than we were at any previous stage in our species
suggests one might only guess at current situations making P more or less
likely than it was for our predecessors.
I would not be
surprised to learn more techno-lifestyle things are triggering P than ever
before. (I can see the
Phones Ignite Scalp Psoriasis ... Spandex Found to Multiply Spread of
Psoriatic Plaque Lesions ... Over-Exposure to Rap Music Connected to
Rising Incidence of Psoriatic Arthritis.... You get my drift.)
More seriously, our ever-evolving diet and lifestyle seem to keep
introducing new health problems and it’s likely new ways to trigger or
exacerbate psoriasis are among them.
I you come upon any historical resources that might present the “history of psoriasis among us,” please let me know and I’ll pass it along for all our benefit. -Ed