Want to beat psoriasis? Have fishcakes for tea!
Seven-year-old Callum Lowe loves to swim. He can splash about in his trunks without anyone giving him a second glance — and that, for him, is quite something.
Since the age of two, Callum has been plagued by psoriasis, which at times has caused patches of red, chickenpox-like skin to cover 60 per cent of his body.
Psoriasis is caused by overactive immune cells — as a result production of skin cells speeds up, and because they are not shed as quickly as they are made, areas of scaly red and white patches develop.
A third of those affected have a family history of the disease, but there are other causes such as stress or injury.
‘It wasn’t terribly itchy — it was more unsightly than anything,’ says his mother Karen, 33.