What is Psoriasis?

What is Psoriasis?

Around 2005, back in Philippines I noticed that i had some lesions in my hands and I thought it was an allergy. It was around 2007 in Dubai UAE that I?consulted a doctor from Belhoul Speciality Hospital.?I had lots of flakes in my scalp?as well as lesions in my body. The doctor says “You have an illness called Psoriasis.”. And i said… “What?” What is Psoriasis? How did i got it? Where it came from?

psoriasis flakes in the scalp
psoriasis flakes in the scalp

So i did my research…

Psoriasis is a skin condition that is suffered by millions of people. It is known that it?affects 2 to 3 % of the population of the world.?Psoriasis is a common chronic, relapsing, non contagious skin disorder characterised by red patchy lesions, with grey or silvery white, dry scales, which are frequently painful, itchy and may bleed. Psoriasis is a condition that can not only show up in your body but also your scalp. It can vary from a few dandruff flakes to lesions that can appear in different parts of your head including the face.

Lesions are typically distributed symmetrically on the scalp, elbows, knees and essentially any part of the body.?Lesions and rashes develop on the skin and it increases the pain of the patient. Psoriasis causes and symptoms are known to the specialist and it can be examined by the doctor. Physical symptoms can be seen on the body and many other symptoms can be found by the tests in the labs.

Psoriasis skin structure
Psoriasis skin structure

Many doctors believe that psoriasis is actually a side effect of the body?s immune system. This may be triggered by stress, chronic ailments, illnesses, and severe infections.

Psoriasis creates layers of dead skin cells that result in an itchy scalp and can lead to embarrassing situations because the flaking skin appears similar to dandruff. This condition can make one feel self conscious and on edge because of the constant itchiness and the flakes that fall as you scratch.

Psoriasis is a stubborn and difficult skin condition to treat but Psoriasis is non contagious. Psoriasis may be hereditary, as it does run in some families. 60% of psoriasis sufferers have a relative with the condition. However, researchers are not yet sure of exactly how it is passed through family members.

What are the type of Psoriasis?

Typically the most common?types of psoriasis are found on the scalp, knees, and elbows.

Guttate psoriasis is common in children and adolescents. Many cases of guttate psoriasis are mild and will vanish without treatment.?Small rashes appear all over the body and drop like pink lesion on the body. There are many causes of the infection and one of the main causes is the family history. Other causes are related to the bacteria which cause the infection in the respiratory system and even stress can trigger the disease. Tonsillitis and throat infection can cause Guttate infection too in the person. In children the infection is caused mainly due to throat infection.?More severe cases may imply treatment and an appointment with your doctor.

Scalp psoriasis is very often difficult to treat and in stubborn cases your doctor may prescribe an oral medication that may be combined with ointments and medicated creams. Scalp psoriasis appears similar to dandruff and the most effective treatment for this type of psoriasis is the use of an effective psoriasis shampoo. These types of shampoos are designed specifically for the treatment of scalp psoriasis and include ingredients that are known to be effective in its treatment. The ingredients typically found in the shampoos include salicylic acid and zinc. These ingredients help cut down on the psoriasis scales so that the scalp appears smoother and create less buildup.

 

Cause of Psoriasis

The exact cause of psoriasis has not yet been pinpointed. The first theory about the disease process is that the problem lies with the skin and cells called keratinocytes as the primary culprit. ?The second theory views psoriasis causes as secondary to a dysfunction of the immune system.

However, numerous studies have attempted to define the risk factors for developing psoriasis. The following have been named as risk factors for the development of psoriasis.

Family history (genetics):

This is the most well established risk factor for the development of psoriasis. Approximately 40% of patients with psoriasis have a family history amongst first degree relatives. It has also been noted that psoriasis develops in as many as half of the siblings when both parents have psoriasis, this falls to 16% when only one parent is affected, and 8% when neither parent is affected but there is an affected sibling.

 

Infections:

Bacterial and viral infections may be linked to psoriasis; however, beyond streptococcus, the role of other infections in precipitating psoriasis has not been studied.

Psoriasis causes the patient to experience flare ups and lulls cyclically.? Although psoriasis causes sometimes include environmental factors such as certain chemicals or crop up as a secondary result of infection from a bacterium such as the streptococcus bacterium, the condition tends to be acute in these situations.? This means that it does not recur.

Patient with Psoriasis lesions
Patient with Psoriasis lesions

Psoriasis Symptoms

Psoriasis is a skin disease that ?varies in its forms including scalp psoriasis, Guttate psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, inverse psoriasis and many more. The signs or symptoms include red patches on body which are dry and commonly covered with silvery scales. The skin can also be red, blistering, raised and at times inflamed.

Some are the scaly scalp, hands, fingers, elbows, knees and feet.

Psoriasis symptoms are easily visible on the skin of the patient and care should be taken to check in the critical parts of the body.

Psoriasis Treatment

Before you think of the possible psoriasis treatments available, it is important to understand the genesis of the problem. There are many skin infections that affect the human race and psoriasis is just but one of them. In the world today, there are two main approaches towards the treatment of any kinds of diseases that may affect the human kind. These are mainly the conventional or chemical treatments and the alternative or natural treatment of diseases.

Moreover,?Psoriasis treatment may vary according to the intensity of the infection. It is proven that some people may not even be able to detect that they are suffering form the problem because it might so mild that they may never notice the symptoms. The skin infections resulting from psoriasis often show on the target areas in the form of thickened and somewhat dry skin around the elbows, scalp and knee areas. They will be white in nature and the intensity of these looks often varies depending on the degree of infection.

Anybody seeking medication against psoriasis should ensure that the diagnosis is accurate before you embark on any kind of medication. The main reason behind this rule is to always ensure that you are not receiving medication for the wrong thing as this could result into other serious side effects. Once an accurate diagnosis has been done, its time to decide on the best type of psoriasis treatment to take considering that there are lots of methods available depending on a number of factors.

Psoriasis treatment comes in many different forms ranging from the injectable medications to the tablets without forgetting the natural diets and foods that enhance the eradication of the condition. In simple terms, it is better to let each client or patient decide on the psoriasis treatment method that they would want to pursue depending on their own understanding of the situation.

Tips for people having Psoriasis

Foods can help fight psoriasis
Foods can help fight psoriasis

If you are diagnosed with psoriasis, one of the best tips i have encountered is to change your eating habits as soon as possible to alleviate the symptoms.?Please do understand that there are ways to improve your life by adopting the what they call Psoriasis diets. Psoriasis diets consists of planning the right food to eat, identifying what food not to eat and many more.

Eating whole foods as opposed to processed foods is a good start. You want to keep the toxins in the system to a minimum and this can be done by eating organic produce instead of produce grown using pesticides. If organic food is out of your reach, make sure to at least to wash off fruits and vegetables well to remove all the chemicals.not inauthentic.

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Proper Diet for Psoriasis

Avoiding gluten - a protein found in baked goods- and grains and alcohol can help prevent psoriasis flare-ups. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation which is key.For more videos, visit the Everyday Health Channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/EverydayHealth/Check us out: http://www.everydayhealth.com/Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/everydayhealthFollow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/everydayhealthWe're on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/everydayhealth/