Psoriasis is one of a chronic skin disease, which is characterized by red or white silvery scaly patches which may or may not be associated with itching and tenderness.
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis occurs when there is an excessive and rapid growth of epidermal layer of the skin (top most layer of the skin). Normally skin cells are replaced by shedding with new cells for every 28 to 30 days, but in Psoriasis it may occur for every 3-4 days, due to premature proliferation of keratinocytes which are produced from dermis ( 2nd layer of Skin) leading to formation of silvery and scaly patches with exfoliation of skin.
Who are commonly affected?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition of the skin that affects 2-3 percent of the population, which is seen in both sexes and can occur at any age mostly seen in adults.
What are the Types of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is of 5 types
Plaque psoriasis :
This is the most common type of psoriasis which appears as raised red areas covered by white or silvery skin. These are called plaques which are commonly found on elbow, knees, scalp and back.
Guttate psoriasis :
Small numerous drop shaped red or pink scaly lesion which appears over large areas of the body especially trunk, limbs and scalp.
Inverse Psoriasis :
Appears as smooth inflamed or reddened patches of the skin frequently affects skin folds particularly arm pits, under the breast, genitals, between buttocks.
Pustular Psoriasis :
These are blisters filled with non infectious pus surrounded by red areas which is usually tender. This can be seen on hands and feet or all over the body.
Erythrodermic Psoriasis :
Widespread inflammation and scaling of skin associated with severe itching, swelling and pain.
What are the causes of Psoriasis?
The cause for psoriasis is still not clear. Although there is a family history of the condition. Certain factors which trigger the onset of psoriasis includes chronic infections, stress, climacteric and seasonal changes, alcohol consumption, smoking , obesity, over exposure to sun, certain therapies (pain killers, anti-hypertensives) and people with advanced HIV often exhibit Psoriasis.
What are the Complications of Psoriasis?
People affected by psoriasis have 27 percent increased risk of developing diabetes
. Individuals with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis may also have a slightly higher risk of heart attacks. Around 5 to 10 percent with Psoriasis have risk of developing irritable bowel disease (crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). And Psoriatic arthritis is also a common complication in severe Psoriasis.
Psoriatic Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory arthritis where joint becomes swollen, tender and painful. This can occur in any joint, but mostly can affects finger and toe joints. Psoriatic arthritis is generally associated with skin and nail Psoriasis.
Psoriasis can affect nails and produce pin head sized depression with discoloration under the nails. In more severe cases nails become thick and separate from the underlying nail bed.
Psoriasis Treatment in Homeopathy:
As Psoriasis is not just a disease of the skin and is many times due to imbalances in the immune system local applications and ointments will not be helpful to control psoriasis.
Homeopathy believes in holistic concept and at Homeocare International a constitutional approach is followed and basing on the constitution, emotional factors, disposition, and factors worsening the symptoms are considered before prescribing a remedy. Psoriasis treatment at Homeocare International not only aims at relieving the symptoms, but treats the root cause to control psoriasis. people feedback suggest that homeopathy is highly effective in treatment of psoriasis without any side effects and people are highly satisfied with Homeocare International homeopathy treatment for psoriasis.
Skin care for Psoriasis:-
- To protect your skin avoid Skin care products that irritates your skin. Scratching, picking your skin and skin injuries such as cuts, scrapes, cold and dry climate. Cold weather worsens the symptom.
- The most important thing which you can do is keep your skin moist. Use moisturizing creams, lotions. Use plain petroleum jelly without any cosmetic products.
- Aloevera has soothing properties & is the most promising agent, which is a safe and natural to apply to skin with psoriasis lesions.
The information above provided is for educational purposes only and it is not intended to replace your Doctor’s or Expert’s opinion/advice.
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