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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
Symptoms
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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Psoriasis - The Ayurvedic Approach Of Treating It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Psoriasis - The Ayurvedic Approach Of Treating It!
Psoriasis is a chronic dermatosis characterised by an unpredictable course of remission & relapse. It is a non-infectious skin disease characterised by scaly, silvery patches mainly on the scalp and exterior surface of the body. Its exact cause is unknown. In Ayurveda, it closely resembles with 'ekakushta'. The features of 'ekakushta' in ayurveda resembles the symptoms of psoriasis. Psoriasis is the challenge for modern science. There is no definite treatment for psoriasis in modern science till today. The drug available in the market uses to treat psoriasis are not very effective and have local and systemic effects. In ayurveda, vata pitta and kapha dosha is the main contributory factor for the disease. Due to vitiation of three dosha, the disease manifest and main line of treatment for psoriasis is panchkarma and internal medicine. It is considering the best approach for skin disorder in ayurveda. A case report of 42-year old male, presented with well demarcated red scaly, silvery patches mainly on both legs, hands, scalp, chest and back with itching, and also nail and joint involvement has been presented in this article. Etiology of Psoriasis: Unknown but many factors have been associated- Genetic: may be autosomal dominant Triggers: physical trauma, infection and drugs. Biochemical change: like increase level of arachidonic acid and Cgmp. Epidemiology: Roughly, 1% of population is affected. Can occur at any age and affected both the sexes. Most patients as worse in winters.around 7 million people are affected in developed country. Histopathogenesis: Increased epidermal cell proliferation. Retention of nuclei in stratum corneum. Proliferation of fibroblast. Dilated and tortous capillary loops. Shortened epidermal turnover time from normal of 60 to 10 days. Clinical features: Usually chronic indolent lesions which persist for month. Lesions are mildly papule or plaque.erthematous plaque lesions with characteristic slivery, large, loose scales. The patients of psoriasis may also suffer from depression and low self-esteem. In a patients with psoriasis always check for nail and joint involvement. Nail: 10 to 15% of the patients have nail involvement. Pitting, nail plate thickening, subungual debris, discolouration of nail plate and oil spot seen in the nails. Joints: 10% patients have joint involvement. Sites: Scalp, pressor points & extensor. Sometimes generalised. Chronic recurrent psoriasis is difficult to treat. Modern science treat with PUVA and corticosteroids but these drugs having local and systemic side effects like liver and kidney failure etc. So, it is the time to find out the effective and safe treatment for Psoriasis. Medicines which are used in ayurveda are safe and practised since many years. A huge numbers of drugs are prescribed in ayurveda for the treatment of kushta. Case details: A 42-year old male patient, hindu brahman by religion, presented on 10 april 2016 with well demarcated raised red scaly, silvery patches on chest, back and both legs and hands. He complained of itching all over the body and on scraping, white powder-like substances fall down and leaves a bleedy surface. On history, patients had complaints since 20 years and diagnosis of psoriasis by allopathic physician. Since 20 years he has been taking allopathy and homoepathy patients from various practitioners of U.P and Delhi. He is Brahman and lives in well-known temple of delhi and visit homes of peoples for religious ceremony. He is afraid that if the disease is spreading continously, then he is unable to work as priest because people neglect him due to disease. The disease is spreading all over his body and also involves nail and joint. Destruction of nail plates of hand and legs was also developed. For this, patients took allopathic treatment for such a long time but do not get relief. The patients visit our clinic for the first time. He told use that his problem not solves since 20 years and spreading continuously. So, he is unable to trust us. So, we first give him counselling because reassurance and emotional support are invaluable. Physical and mental rest enhance the effects of the treatment. It is also important to tell him that the disease is not contagious and is benign. SYMPTOMS OF THE PATIENTS : Itching all over body Silvery patches, especially, on legs, chest, back but now spreading in his hand and scalp. Destruction of nail plates Swelling and pain in left middle fingers and flexor deformity in proximal interphalangeal joint Swelling in right middle metatarsal phalangeal joint and pain Some blood test of the patients were done like CBC, LFT, KFT, SR, URIC ACID to assess outcome. His general health was good and both physical and all blood test was within the normal limits. The patients are advised to opt panchakarma therapy, specifically 'Raktmokshan'. Raktmokshan has two type - Leech therapy and Siravedh (bloodletting through veins puncture). Raktmokshan can cure psoriasis very quickly as compared to other Ayurvedic remedies. Leech Therapy: Leech therapy has shown drastic result in patients with eczema, psoriasis and all other types of skin infections. Leeches are 'worms' with suckers on each end. According to Ayurveda, Leech at first bite only sucks impure blood from the skin and only the pure blood is left so it is a blood purification therapy. Later, when it starts sucking pure blood, the patient feels pain. Raktamokshana can be done in four different ways:- Siravedh Jalaukavachaan Shrunga Alabu Raktmokshan is a curative therapy.
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Skin Problems in Youngsters - 5 Best Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Dr. Sonali Sawale 84% (36 ratings)
MD, BHMS
Homeopath, Navi Mumbai
Skin Problems in Youngsters - 5 Best Homeopathic Remedies For It!
Skin diseases occur due to a number of reasons and cause a bit of a nuisance if overlooked and ignored. While some of them is the product of hormonal imbalance, others rear their ugly head as a result of unhealthy modern lifestyle patterns. The body s largest organ, skin is the most sensitive part of the body and is extremely susceptible to germs and infections. In youngsters, the incidence of skin diseases can be observed a lot more than in adults. This is primarily owing to their work, lifestyle and bodily changes. The most common diseases are eczema, acne, psoriasis, pruritus, and rosacea. They tend to be a lot more troublesome if not treated in the first instance itself. Since skin affections and problems are predominantly local manifestations of any type of constitutional affection, they are in the most natural cases, the result of the body s mechanism to get rid of a problem in the system. Homeopathic remedies therefore aim at abetting in this otherwise natural phenomenon, and with it, chalk out the dangers of suppression due to external applications. The most common homeopathic treatments are: Graphites serve as the magical solution to a number of skin problems. It essentially battles scruffy eruptions that manifest on the scalp, bends of joint, face, and in between your fingers. Thuja is another important remedy for age spots, acne, and warts. It prevents the incidence of soreness, burning, and itching on the skin. Its antibacterial characteristics effectively cure acne and blackheads. Rhus Tox is the most commonly prescribed remedy for Eczema. It particular, the effects of Rhus Tox are targeted towards the symptoms of swelling and itching. Arsenicum provides absolute relief against psoriasis and dry eczema, curbing rough and dry skin in children. In fact, it also drastically reduces swelling, skin eruptions, burning, itching, and scaly skin. Hepar Sulphur is often regarded as the best treatment in homeopathy. Signs of soreness, burning, and irritation are instantly relieved with the usage of Hepar Sulphur. Most symptoms of psoriasis and eczema can be effectively treated with it. The basic idea at combating skin problems is to detect the signs at an early stage itself and provide adequate clinical attention to them. A homeopathy doctor must be consulted in the first place to ascertain the cause of the disease and circle on the most effectual treatments especially designed for it.
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5 Skin Problems That Ayurveda Can Treat Real Quick!

Dr. Aparna Kulkarni 88% (109 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Bangalore
5 Skin Problems That Ayurveda Can Treat Real Quick!
The skin is the largest external organ as well as the largest organ in general in the human body. There are many types of skin diseases that can afflict your body and they may appear anywhere. Ayurveda is a potent weapon which can be used to treat many skin diseases effectively. The natural remedies of Ayurveda are being increasingly adopted throughout the world. Let's take a look at a few of the skin diseases that can be easily cured by Ayurveda: Eczema: One of the most common types of skin diseases, eczema is characterized by the reactions that the skin has. These reactions can manifest themselves in many forms. The most common reaction is swelling of the skin with redness. Other forms may also develop blisters, cracking of the skin, scaling or papules. Scaly rashes: Scientifically known as Papulosquamous Eruptions, scaly rashes are usually the result of itching which in itself is a reaction to some internal or external factors. These rashes can be mild to severely painful depending on what had caused them. Some factors behind these may be eczema, reaction to drugs, psoriasis and others. Urticaria: These rashes differ from other ones as they persist for a short period of time and usually result in swellings on the skin. These swellings may be very sensitive and itchy. Some common examples of Urticaria are Nettle rashes and hives that may develop due to an external factor such as bug bites. Psoriasis: Ayurveda has great treatments for this disease as its incidence within the population is quite high. This is a non-infectious skin condition where inflammation occurs in the affected parts of the skin and reddish scales form on the body. This problem is usually attributed to excessive cells within the body. Pruritus or itching: Another very common skin affliction which can be caused by a variety of factors, it can be a reaction to something external or be caused by internal issues that may be developing. Mostly caused by the reaction of external nerve endings they may become very painful if over stimulated. Ayurveda has many remedies for all of the ailments mentioned above along with many other skin disorders and has gained popularity as it completely natural and devoid of side effects encountered with conventional medicine. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a ayurveda and ask a free question.
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4 Common Reasons Behind Psoriasis!

Dr. Gulamnabi 85% (58 ratings)
Modern Allopathic System of Medicine
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
4 Common Reasons Behind Psoriasis!
It is a chronic autoimmune skin disease, in which the skin cells form a mass of scales. Usually, these patches of skin, which are dry, red and itchy, occur on the skin of the back, scalp, palms, knees, elbows and around the fingernails and toenails. But some people have the patches all over the body. The patches may also crack, flake and bleed. While there is no definite cure, the symptoms can be managed and treated. Symptoms of Psoriasis The symptoms of psoriasis may vary from patient to patient. However, if more than two of the following signs are seen, it is likely that psoriasis is the causative condition: A sharp and localized pain in the joints accompanied by stiffness Soreness in the throat Tiny depressions in the nails or large brown patches under the nails The diseased patches of skin can crack, peel and bleed Swelling and tenderness of the limbs Dental plaque Muscle pain due to the swollen bands of connective tissue A whitish and silvery mass of scales surrounded by red patches of stinging, itchy skin The appearance of blisters or rashes on the dry scaly skin and also along the nails Bumps on the folded skin like back of the knees, armpits etc. Causes of Psoriasis HIV: Human Immuno-deficiency Virus adversely affects the immune system and increases susceptibility of all kinds of infections and diseases. HIV-positive individuals have been found to have an increased risk of psoriasis than HIV-negative people. Medication: Anti-malarial, anti-inflammatory and blood pressure medicines can cause psoriasis as a side effect. The disease is also an effect of withdrawal from topical steroid creams and other steroid-based medication. Genetics: More than 32% of the cases of psoriasis have been linked to genes. In case of identical twins, if one twin has the disease,the other has a 70% chance of getting it too. There are several genes associated with the disease- most of these genes are related to the immune system. T cells (lymphocytes which affect cell specific immunity) can also cause psoriasis. Other diseases: Diseases like strep throat, chronic infections, skin infections and stress may be responsible for the condition. Other factors like obesity, alcoholism, skin dryness and smoking can also lead to psoriasis.
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How to Get Rid of Psoriasis?

Dr. Ashwin Nirmal 90% (197 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), I. P. G. T & R. GUJARAT AYURVED UNIVERSITY, JAMNAGAR , I. P. G. T. & R. GUJARAT AYURVED UNIVERSITY, JAMNAGAR
Ayurveda, Jamnagar
How to Get Rid of Psoriasis?
Any type of psoriasis, patient should be aware of the maintaining the moisture of skin. This hard can be performed by just applying a paste of boiled potatoes. I have cured many of psoriasis patient with the help of this wonderful home remedy.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I have psoriasis on palm and bit on legs for last year or so Will homeopathy cure psoriasis and reduce itching. I did try one homeopathy Dr. before but I did not get desired result. Again my challenge is I work in Melbourne and come only for a month to Pune so important thing is that I get regular consultation while I am oversees.

Dr. Shailender Dhawan 89% (3072 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Hello, Psoriasis is genetic disorder triggered due to stressful conditions and irregular life style. Psoriasis is a disease which should be treated in initial stages to prevent the disease to spread to other parts of body including joints and nails. On using various lotions and shampoos available in the market there is healing but disease reoccurs after some time. We, at KAYAKALP GLOBAL clinic treat psoriasis by using ayurvedic medicines, oils and sun expopsure. The internal ayurvedic medicines help in providing blood purification and oil we provide helps to prevent reoccurrence. Curcumine (Haldi) is also helpful to prevent reoccurrence. For detailed queries like: 1. Causes of psoriasis frame. 2. Is it genetic or can it spread to next generation 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.

I have a psoriasis on head n elbow what can I use for that any skin Dr. help me in this.

Dr. Shailender Dhawan 89% (3072 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Hello, Psoriasis is genetic disorder triggered due to stressful conditions and irregular life style. Scalp psoriasis is a disease which should be treated in initial stages to prevent the disease to spread to other parts of body including joints and nails. On using various lotions and shampoos available in the market there is healing but disease reoccurs after some time.

I have scalp psoriasis can I take egg daily basis. Bcoz egg is protein rich food.

Dr. Shailender Dhawan 89% (3072 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Hello, Yes you can take egg, fish and chicken. Treating scalp psoriasis is our expertise. Using shampoo and cream etc can give quick results but disease reappears after few days and is also not safe for long term use.

I have psoriasis for past 8 years.I am 23 year old. This cause my skin to itching and also on my face. What type of food should I take and what type of food should I avoid? And how to keep my skin healthy.

Dr. Pawan Kumar Gupta 92% (697 ratings)
M.D. HERBAL
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Dehradun
Take sky Fruit, Cow Urine caps. Org wheat Grass Powder, drink 20 ml Virgin Coconut Oil. Use wheat Grass soap & it's moisturising cream .

My uncle is suffering from Psoriasis from 4 to 6 years please help me with some home remedies or ayurvedic medicines because my uncle is allergictic to homeopathy medicines.

Dr. Pawan Kumar Gupta 92% (697 ratings)
M.D. HERBAL
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Dehradun
Take sky Fruit, Cow Urine caps. Org wheat Grass Powder. Tske neem caps. Drink 20 ml Virgin Coconut Oil & apply also on body. Use wheat Grass soap.

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Diploma In Cosmetology, Trichology & Skin Aesthetics, B.H.M.S, PG Diploma In Clinical Cosmetology (PGDCC)
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