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Psoriasis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Irritating and unpredictable by its nature, psoriasis is one of the most persistent and baffling of all dermatological disorders. This illness is characterized by over-multiplication of skin cells up to 10 times faster than normal growth. As dead underlying cells reach the skin’s surface, their voluminous accumulation causes raised, red plaques that gets covered with white scales. This disease typically happens on the elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis, can also affect the palms, torso and soles of the feet. Psoriasis, can also at time be found associated with psoriatic arthritis, which leads to swelling and pain in the joints. It is estimated that in India there are 10 to 30 percent of people who have psoriasis also are sufferers of psoriatic arthritis.

The other forms of psoriasis include Guttate psoriasis, Inverse psoriasis, Erythrodermic psoriasis.

While Guttate psoriasis often start in young adulthood and childhood, Inverse psoriasis is characterized by shiny, bright red lesions that appears in skin folds. However Erythrodermic psoriasis occurs periodically and is often triggered by withdrawal from a systemic psoriasis treatment, sunburns and infections that can be triggered by certain medications. Psoriasis can happen for several reasons ranging from trauma, emotional stress to streptococcal infection. A recent study of this disease has indicated that some abnormality in the immune system is the factor that triggers this disease. There are as many as 80% people who have reported flaring-up of this disease owing to recent trauma, such as the death of a loved one or a loss of job. Doctors believe that external stressors plays a major role and as a trigger for an inherited congenital defect in the patient’s immune system.

Injury in the skin and certain drugs can aggravate this disease, which also includes certain types of blood pressure pills (beta blockers), ibuprofen drugs, and also anti-malarial drugs. As a home remedy for this disease, applying a thick cream or lotion, then stop the moisture with an ointment like petroleum jelly or olive oil helps in alleviating the conditions of this illness. It’s because dry skin makes the itching and irritation become worse.

However, using too thick a cream during the summer months because sweat mixed with cream often makes the psoriasis worse.

Another kitchen remedy for psoriasis is to wrap your skin with plastic or a bandage before going to bed and wash the areas gently with cold water in the morning. This over the time can reduce scaling. Psoriasis commonly runs as a family disease, but nevertheless it can skip over generations. Grandfather can pass this disease to his grandson or great grandson, but his son may never develop this disease. Although psoriasis can be embarrassing and stressful, most of the outbreaks of this disease are comparatively harmless than other skin maladies. With appropriate treatment psoriasis symptoms in general subsidies with a couple of months.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test not required Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong Non communicable
Patches of inflamed and red skin that are covered by slivery, loose scales. They may be painful, itchy and can even crack and bleed at times. The fingernails and toenails may become pitted and change color. They also may get began to crumble or get detached from the nail beds. Scales and patches or crust may form on the head of the psoriasis patients.

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सोरियोसिस और आयुर्वेद चिकित्सा

Dr. Motilal Sharma 92% (14 ratings)
Ayurveda, Jodhpur
सोरियोसिस और आयुर्वेद चिकित्सा
Psoriasis जिसे आयुर्वेद में"छाल-रोग" कहते हैं जिसमें रोगी की त्वचा रूखी हो जाती हैं तथा त्वचा छाल की तरह हो जाती हैं आयुर्वेद में बहुत सें ऐसे क्षुद्र रोग हैं जिन्हे आधुनिक चिकित्सा पद्धति में psoriasis कहा जाता हैं लेकिन आयुर्वेद में उन्हे विशिष्ट लक्षणो के आधार पर विभेदात्मक नाम से जाना जाता हैं और उन सभी की चिकित्सा भी भिन्न होती हैं आयुर्वेद एक ऐसी चिकित्सा पद्धति हैं जिसमें जीर्ण से जीर्ण त्वचा रोग का ईलाज संभव हैं अगर कोई रोगी जो किसी भी प्रकार के त्वचा रोग से पीडित है,विभिन्न प्रकार के treatment के बाद भी वो उस रोग से मुक्त ना हो पा रहा हो तो एक बार आयुर्वेद की शरण में जरूर आयें आयुर्वेद चिकित्सा पद्धति अपने प्रयोजन के आधार पर उस रोगी को रोग मुक्त करके उचित स्वास्थ्य प्रदान करने में सक्षम हैं- सोरियोसिस, पामा, रकसा, विसर्प, शीतपित्त उदर्द अंरूषिका व्यंग कील-मुहांसे सफेद दाग अन्य कोई भी रोग
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Common Reasons That Drive People To Visit Their Dermatologist!

Dr. Ravindranath Reddy 89% (322 ratings)
Diploma in Medical Cosmetology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Common Reasons That Drive People To Visit Their Dermatologist!
A dermatologist is a medical professional who is trained to treat disorders pertaining to skin, hair and nails and genital diseases. Reddened skin, irritation, abnormal patches, blemishes on the skin etc. are the conditions affecting most people at some point of their lives. Hair loss, irritation on the scalp, dandruff, brittle nails are common as well and it is important to see a dermatologist if such conditions persist to prevent any major issue and for the overall well-being of an individual. Here are some very common reasons that drive people to visit their dermatologist. 1. Acne - Acne is the most common skin woe among teenagers and it affects adults as well. Although people tend to self- medicate or use home remedies for treating acne, it is important to recognize its cause. If acne is one's constant reason of embarrassment, it's time to see a professional and get some customized medication. 2. Sun spots or mole - Overexposure to the sun can cause varied skin conditions among which sunspots and sunburns are most commonly seen. If the exposed area develops irritation and red patches, one should seek professional help. An early examination can detect adverse issues like skin cancer. Moles are also very common, some people have moles since birth, and some develop new ones later in life. It is a cause of concern if the mole changes size, color or if it bleeds scabs or pains. 3. Eczema - Eczema is a broad term used to describe certain chronic conditions of the skin. Eczema causes the skin to become red, itchy, dry and swollen. It leads to great discomfort and distress often ruining one's sleep and mental peace. Atopic Dermatitis is a most common form of Eczema usually seen in children. Proper treatment can cause it to subside. If you observe any symptoms of eczema, a visit to the dermatologist is a must. 4. Patches of skin lighter or darker than the normal skin tone - Often some areas of the skin change color and they are not always the result of sun exposure because sometimes the skin can also become lighter. These may be symptoms serious diseases like leprosy or even cutaneous lymphoma, a kind of cancer or a disorder in the connective tissue. A thorough examination will reveal its cause and treatment can be opted for, which will require a visit to a dermatologist. 5. Hair loss - Hair loss may be due to various reasons and a dermatologist is best to treat it. 6. Psoriasis - It is an autoimmune skin disease which causes red scaly rashes on the body. It is important to diagnose and treat it effectively and one should visit a dermatologist for the same. 7. Nail problems - Apart from fungal infection, there are many other conditions which affect nails and the only dermatologist can identify it. So if you have any issues related to nail, consult a dermatologist. 8. Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Unprotected sexual intercourse can predispose one to many sexually transmitted diseases apart from HIV, for example, genital herpes, molluscum, genital warts etc and a dermatologist is well trained for diagnosis and treatment of the same.
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Pityriasis Amiantacea - A Guide!

Dr. Shruti Ghadgepatil 87% (14 ratings)
Dermatologist, Pune
Pityriasis Amiantacea - A Guide!
Pityriasis amiantacea is a disorder of the scalp. Some of the visible signs of this condition include adherent, silver, thick scales. The scales resemble the color of the asbestos and often surrounds the tufts of hair. While the condition is manageable, care should be taken to manage this condition right from its inception. Here is a brief overview of this scalp condition. Origin of Pityriasis Amiantacea: Pityriasis Amiantacea is inflammatory in nature. It comes from the seborrheic and psoriasis dermatitis spectrum. Experts are of the view that this condition is a result of the exaggerated response of the body to a primary condition of the scalp. Earlier studies have suggested that there is a possibility that Pityriasis Amiantacea may have originated from lichen planus, pyogenic infection and superficial fungal. In most of the cases, it has been witnessed that fungus has a close relation to this condition. Exposure of Pityriasis Amiantacea and its diagnosis: This condition has low exposure among females. It is mostly observed among, young adults, children, and adolescents. The diagnosis is done clinically. A specialist might prescribe dermoscopy to rule out other conditions of the scalp. If the result is positive, the scaling will reveal a diffused yellowish or whitish pattern. While the condition is local, it has all the possibilities to spread to other hairy parts of the body. Some experts are of the view that Pityriasis Amiantacea has a close association with temporary alopecia. While histopathology is not prescribed by most doctors, however, biopsy of the scalp is suggested in many cases. Does Pityriasis Amiantacea result in hair loss? The answer is yes. As a result of the scaly crust, the encased hair tends to fall. This being said, it is entirely a reversible condition. The hair comes back in 9 out of 10 cases. Medical ointments and antibiotic shampoo can help to grow back the lost hair. Apart from this, home-made protein solutions can help in the regeneration of the hair and get back the original color of the hair. Treatment options: This is a treatable condition that might take some time for a complete cure. It involves the keratolytic and tropical anti-inflammatory treatment. This is accompanied with salicylic ointment and topical corticosteroids. A tropical mineral oil is often prescribed by doctors to ensure that the adherent scales are removed. Some doctors might also suggest a clobetasol propionate shampoo. Even ketoconazole and silver sulfadiazine is helpful to get rid of the scales. If in case the infection is accompanied with Staphylococcus aureus, antibiotics are prescribed to ensure that the condition does not turn from bad to worse. Systematic therapies are suggested if this condition is accompanied by an underlying condition such as psoriasis.
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Ayurvedic Tips To Keep Common Skin Problems Away!

Dr. Arti Bakori 91% (108 ratings)
PGDHM, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jamnagar
Ayurvedic Tips To Keep Common Skin Problems Away!
Skin is the most sensitive as well as the largest body organ. Skin problems are very common and can happen to almost everyone, be it a woman or man, and dealing with these problems could be as tough as understanding them. Here are a few very common skin problems that one should know about and can deal with them easily. Acne or a pimple is the very common skin disorder that occurs to almost everybody every now and then. It basically happens due to the blocking or clogging of the passageway that connects your skin pores to the oil glands. Face, neck, shoulder, back and chest are some common areas where acne appear. The best way to deal with them is to stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet. Eczema is another skin disease that may occur in children, teenagers as well as adults and is of three types. Atopic dermatitis is the first type and this type is mainly seen in children in the form of itchy rashes behind the knees and in the elbow part. Allergic contact dermatitis is the second type and is seen in early adulthood. Metallic jewellery, cosmetics and fragrances can be the major causes of this type. Nummular dermatitis mostly occurs on dry skin. Coin-shaped patches, itchy skin, redness can be a few symptoms of this type. Psoriasis is another skin disorder which basically causes inflammation and scaling. This genetic disease is developed due to the few abnormalities in the immune system. There is no guaranteed way to prevent this disorder. However, this can be treated with a number of solutions including petroleum jelly, vitamin A and various other prescribed drugs and medicines. Dark under eye circles is another common skin problem which can be easily cured. You can get rid of these dark circles by eating healthy food, keeping a balanced diet, drinking a lot of water, perform exercises, sleeping early and many others. Intake of cucumber, green tea, etc. can also help you get back your flawless skin. The other skin problems that are very common and can occur to anybody include athlete foot, wrinkles, sunburns, groin rashes, skin swelling, staph infections and much more. The best way to prevent yourself from skin related problems is to eat healthy, take adequate amount of sleep, nearly 7 to 8 hours daily, drink a lot of water, sleep early, live a life stress-free and be happy and positive.
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Psoriasis - Types, Symptoms, and Treatment

Dr. Vinay Kumar Theeda 92% (50 ratings)
Dermatologist,Cosmetologist,Venerologist &Sexologist
Dermatologist, Visakhapatnam
Psoriasis - Types, Symptoms, and Treatment
Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disorder of the skin that results in the formation of thickened and elevated plaques of cells that remain covered by scales (loose, whitish-silver scales). In psoriasis, the skin cells multiply at an alarming rate resulting in the scaling of the skin. Though non-contagious, psoriasis can be itchy and often painful. Psoriasis mainly affects the scalp, elbow, and knees. In some, the condition may also affect the palms, feet (soles of the feet), and the torso. As per a survey, psoriasis is known to affect approximately 2.2% of the total adult population. Psoriasis can also affect children (children under the age group of 5-8 years are mostly affected by this inflammatory skin disorder). Psoriasis Can of Different Types Plaque Psoriasis: As the name suggests, this type of psoriasis results in the formation of plaques of cells (thickened and elevated) on the skin surface. One of the most common types of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis affects the scalp, knees, and elbow. Pustular Psoriasis: Pustular psoriasis mainly affects the hands and the feet of the adults whereby white blisters (pus-filled) appear on the affected area of the skin. The skin also appears red and inflamed. Guttate Psoriasis: This type of psoriasis usually affects the legs, torso, and arms. Common in children (sometimes young adults), Guttate psoriasis results in the formation of small red spots. Inverse Psoriasis: In Inverse psoriasis, shiny red (bright red) inflammations or lesions appear on the armpits, groyne, breasts. Erythrodermic Psoriasis: Though rare, this type of psoriasis is marked by extreme redness of the skin. There is also shedding of the scales (in the form of sheets). The skin more or less appears sun burnt. Symptoms: The symptoms associated with psoriasis include Elevated and inflamed red patches covered by whitish- silver scales (plaques). The nails appear thick and pitted. There is a pain in the joints followed by swelling. At times, the affected skin may crack resulting in bleeding. Soreness, itching and a burning sensation around the red patches. In psoriasis of the scalp, There may be the formation of scales (usually mild). In severe cases, there may be crusting (the full scalp) which can spread to the forehead, ears (inside and behind), in the beard or even around the nose. Treatment: Though there is no definite treatment for psoriasis of the body and the scalp, the following medications may prove to be helpful Medications like Methotrexate and Cyclosporine (immunosuppressant drugs), Retinoids, and Biologics (injected intravenously) may provide some relief. Patients may also benefit from light therapy, anthralin, topical corticosteroids as well as vitamin D analogs. Precaution and care For psoriasis of the scalp Before the treatment, it is important to remove (and soften) the scales. Medicated shampoos that contain salicylic acid can be used to remove the scales. Use of petroleum jelly or medicated oils and ointments (as recommended by the doctor) can be helpful. For better results, you can keep the scalp covered (preferably with a shower cap) after applying the ointment. For Psoriasis of the Body Avoid the skin from getting dry. You can use a medicated lotion or a moisturizer. Drinking and smoking can worsen the situation. Avoid these vices as much as you can. Avoid using hot water while bathing. To keep your skin moisturised, you can add oil or salt to the water (bathwater).
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Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from 2 year with psoriasis in my hand so please tell what should i do?

Dr. Shailender Dhawan 93% (2939 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Hello, As you mentioned you are suffering from psoriasis for past. Suggesting any medicines or local application to you will not be a good idea, as I will require a complete case taking so that the root of cause is eliminated to prevent relapse. Psoriasis is the chronic, non infectious, skin disorder having silvery white scales. A normal skin cell matures in 28-30 days but psoriatic skin takes 3 to 6 days, It can strike at any age but often in 15-35 years of age. Psoriasis most commonly appears in scalp, knee, elbow, hands and feet. It rarely effect the face, Main disease causing factors are– Genetic history of disease, stress, anxiety and mental trauma, Physical injury, Digestive upset infection, drug allergies and wrong food combinations. The treatment should be continued till body is completely clear of patches and body clear of toxins. The relapses rate is low, if the attack is completely controlled. There should be no undue stress which affects either body or mind. Frequent sunbathes before the onset of winters are helpful .High protein diet in winter is advised. Psoriasis is such a detail subject that it can not be explained in few lines. There are many queries about differential diagnosis ,causes ,triggers, is it genetic, diet, curable etc.

Is psoriasis is curable? How to stop itching and what type of foods one can take for psoriasis. Severe itching in head. How to stop it?

Dr. Ashutosh Goyal 86% (39 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Psoriasis problem is curable adv- life style change and diet control itching problem local application coconut oil 50 ml with desi kapoor 5 gm mix and daily use Psoriasis problem proper treatment in Ayurveda so advise proper treatment use online consultation available any other query.
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If I will use lemon juice on my scalp for the treatment of psoriasis will it be effected for that and my hair fall.

Dr. Himani Negi 96% (16609 ratings)
Homeopath, Chennai
Homeopathy has best treatment for psoriasis ,it is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat psoriasis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned; several well-proved remedies are available for psoriasis treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the psoriasis. A homeopathic constitutional treatment will give you a permanent cure   naturally You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects Medicines will reach you via courier services.
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Sir I have an psoriasis on scalp .is it would will become the cause of my hair fall. sometimes I am effected frm this diseases (psoriasis) in scalp.

Dr. Sandhya Krishnamurthy 95% (10356 ratings)
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Yes, it is one of the cause for hairfall. Apply 777 oil to the affected areas in the scalp daily once. Take Psora capsules, 1 cap 3 times a day.
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I have psoriasis problem last 8 years Is it totally lost or not? Please advise me.

Dr. Fayaz Ahmed Mulla 90% (125 ratings)
Ayurveda, Bijapur
Psoriasis is chronic disease. You maintain it only. Use these: 1.Dove soap 2.Apply continue Coconut oil on body least 4 weeks eat only fruits and vegetables. 4.Fa Restore Derma skin care drops Two times in a day.
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