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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 - 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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Psoriasis

Dr. Mani Sethi Sawhney 89% (59 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
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Psoriasis - How Unani Form Of Medicine Treat It?

Dr. The Herbals 88% (60 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Psychiatry, MD - Homeopathy
Unani Specialist, Delhi
Psoriasis - How Unani Form Of Medicine Treat It?
Unani is an ancient medical practice of the Middle East that people sometimes use to try to help alleviate conditions of psoriasis. It involves incorporating a special diet, use of herbal compounds and other additional supportive medical practices. What is Psoriasis? It is a common immune-mediated skin disease that is characterized by chronic and inflammatory scaly deposits on the skin called plaques. The dry flakes and skin scale deposits occur due to rapid build-up of skin cells. It has a substantial impact on the quality of life with reported impairment in physical and mental functioning. Causes and symptoms of psoriasis Heredity is a crucial factor when it comes to psoriasis. There is no definite cause of this skin condition, but consuming opposite foods, trauma on the skin like bruises, cuts, skin irritants, excessive smoking/drinking and mental stress can be some reasons causing it. Here are some common symptoms of psoriasis: Silvery scales on skin Itchy and burning skin Pus-filled skin bumps Dry skin patches and skin redness Blisters Bleeding patches in skin Restricted joint motion Inflammation and pain in skin The Unani view There are several topical drugs, phototherapy and systemic medications available for psoriasis. However, according to studies, almost 50% of the patients were dissatisfied with their treatment. In the absence of satisfactory cure in modern medicine, the traditional system of Unani medicine is highly beneficial in treating Psoriasis. According to the Unani view, psoriasis occurs due to burnt melancholic humour that has an irritant nature. As a result, it destroys the skin and produces intense itching, roughness and scaling. The unique formulations of Unani aims to eradicate the skin disorder. How can Unani help treat psoriasis? Under the banner of the Unani system of medicine, physicians emphasize to apply emollient over the affected part in the form of ointment (Margham) or oil (Rogham). In addition to this, they also advise avoiding sweet or sour items in the diet. Herbal formulations and natural ingredients are used in these topical applications. When applied to the skin lesions over a prescribed course of time, it eases the skin and gets rid of psoriasis. Risk and safety considerations There are several studies undertaken to prove the effectiveness of Unani medications to treat Psoriasis, most of which are positive. The Unani medicines have not shown much side effects and can be taken for a prolonged period of time to yield positive results. Unani medicine has been proven to have a positive effect on the PASI score of the patients, which assesses the severity of psoriasis. A proper diagnosis at an early stage followed by the appropriate treatment under Unani medicine yields remarkable results.
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6 Ayurvedic Remedies That Can Help To Get Rid Of Psoriasis!

Dr. Tanuj Veerbhan 86% (176 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
6 Ayurvedic Remedies That Can Help To Get Rid Of Psoriasis!
Psoriasis is a skin disease, which develops in men and women often during middle age and above. Although tests and researches are being carried out in various laboratories around the world, the exact cause of this condition is yet unknown. Psoriasis is not infectious. In other words, it does not spread by coming in contact with someone suffering from it. In case you see that you are just developing psoriasis or it is in its early stages, then you can opt for some simple and natural methods of curing it. These home remedies fall under Ayurvedic treatments and help you in getting rid of this disease before it spreads further into your body. Moist skin: Apply lots of moisturizer on your body. This is done to keep the skin moist and supple. The more your skin becomes dry, the chances of it bleeding and causing infections increase. It is often recommended to apply body oil or sesame oil before taking a bath as it softens the skin. Use natural body soaps: Sometimes the body soaps that you use are made of harsh chemicals. These chemicals come in contact with your body and aggravate the infection furthermore. You can use home made natural soaps, which are made of natural ingredients and are gentle on your skin. Avoid skin injuries: Skin injuries like a cut, bleeding, blisters etc. can be harmful for psoriasis. They can aggravate the inflammation and cause more damage. In fact, it is recommended that you apply moisturizer and sunscreen every time you step out of the house in order to protect your skin from further damage. Use medicines after consultation: Certain medicines have the ability to flare up the effects of psoriasis. Thus, when you develop this disease, it is advised that you meet a general physician and discuss your medicines with him/her in order to control the same. Reduce stress: Stress levels contribute a lot to psoriasis. Thus, you need to relax as much as possible. You can try out yoga and meditation to keep the stress level down and in turn control this disease as well. Wear cotton clothes: Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and those which do not cause irritation on your skin. Synthetic clothes sometimes cause a lot of irritation and rashes on the skin. It is something that should be avoided. These are some of the quick and natural remedies to cure yourself of psoriasis as early as possible.
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Skin Problems - Is Dandruff the Cause?

Dr. Meenakshi Jagwani 86% (44 ratings)
MBBS, DVD
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Skin Problems - Is Dandruff the Cause?
Dandruff or seborrhea refers to the flaky condition of your skin or scalp caused primarily due to fungus. It is a very common problem for young adults and middle aged people but can happen to any person regardless of age. Dandruff itself being an embarrassing problem, can also sometimes lead to other skin problems. The following are a few skin problems that can crop up due to dandruff- Can cause pimples: If dandruff or the white flakes fall on your T-zone region very often, then it may lead to the break out of pimples on your skin. May result in pigmentation: The pimples which can happen due to dandruff can further lead to the problem of pigmentation. This condition leads to the appearance of unwanted black spots all over your face. Trigger eczema: Dandruff makes skin problems like eczema and psoriasis even worse. Eczema and psoriasis which causes itching of the skin can get severe due to dandruff. Rashes are also a possibility: Facial rashes can also develop due to dandruff. Often areas around the eyebrows, nose and ears get affected. Sometimes, in case of men, beard rashes also pop up. Chest rashes: Dandruff often falls all over your body.This can lead to the problem of chest rashes. This condition results in the appearance of red spots all around your chest region. Dandruff can be a very distressing problem. If your skin type is oily, dandruff can make conditions far worse. Dandruff is such a problem that cannot be completely cured but can only be controlled. So, it is highly advisable to take preventive measures as soon as it is detected to avoid further problems.
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Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from nail psoriasis since 6-7 years. Consulted few dermatologist and homeopathic physician. But no remarkable improvement. Kindly suggest a good doctor either from dermatology or Ayurveda or Homeo or sweet from Trivandrum, Kerala who can treat nail psoriasis.

Dr. Shailender Dhawan 92% (2855 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Hello Lybrate-user, You need not to worry about your disease as we have got expertise in treating psoriasis. With more than 5000 patients in last 15 years we have refined ayurvedic treatment which is capable of giving quick results and is safe. As you mentioned your child is suffering from psoriasis for past 7 year. 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, The exact cause of the disease is unknown but few related causes are – Genetic history of disease stress, anxiety and mental trauma. Physical injury Digestive upset and wrong food combinations. Infection Drug allergies. The treatment should be continued till body is completely clear of patches. The relapses rate is low, if the attack is completely controlled. There should be no undue stress which affects either body or mind. A moderate war on climate frequent sunbathes before the onset of winters and visit to sulphur springs all of which are useful to bringing down the relapse ration natural sulphur bath should be taken. 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. At kayakalp global skin clinic we have developed and researched Ayurvedic treatment which will solve your problem. You can send the pictures via Lybrate. I will review your case n will guide you.
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I am 65 years and suffering from acute psoriasis for past 5 -6 yrs. Meanwhile, consulted Doctors and everyone has prescribed one or other cream to apply but somehow no improvement has taken place. I was told that it is a un-curable disease. Please suggest how to go about it. Can you suggest whom to approach, how I can get relieved with this. Thanks.

Dr. Shailender Dhawan 92% (2855 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Hello Lybrate-user, You need not to worry about your disease as we have got expertise in treating psoriasis. With more than 5000 patients in last 15 years we have refined ayurvedic treatment which is capable of giving quick results and is safe. As you mentioned your child is suffering from psoriasis for past 6 year. 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, The exact cause of the disease is unknown but few related causes are – Genetic history of disease stress, anxiety and mental trauma. Physical injury Digestive upset and wrong food combinations. Infection Drug allergies. The treatment should be continued till body is completely clear of patches. The relapses rate is low, if the attack is completely controlled. There should be no undue stress which affects either body or mind. A moderate war on climate frequent sunbathes before the onset of winters and visit to sulphur springs all of which are useful to bringing down the relapse ration natural sulphur bath should be taken. 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. At kayakalp global skin clinic we have developed and researched Ayurvedic treatment which will solve your problem. You can send the pictures via Lybrate. I will review your case n will guide you.

Does dettol soap causes psoriasis? And which soap is better to use if you have psoriasis?

Dr. Sandesh Gupta 89% (3805 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD)
Dermatologist, Delhi
Detail can cause the skin to dry soon. Hence it is advisable to avoid using Dr. soap. You may use any soap rich in natural oils and moisture .Dead sea mud soap is a good option.

Mujhe psoriasis ka allergy hai 5 year hogye puri tarah se nai over horha hai jada garmi k wajah se itching bhi bahut hoti hai but now mere HAIRLOSS bahut jada horha hai kuch dino se plss tell me wat to do help me khatam kaise hoga psoriasis ya nai hoga? M IN STRESS ?

Dr. Kalyani Zodey 93% (787 ratings)
BHMS, M.D.
Homeopath, Pune
Hello lybrate user, psoriasis is a immune mediated disorder. in which, the skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, which causes the buildup of psoriasis lesions. emotional and mental stress is one of the main factor which flare-ups psoriasis. hence avoid stress. have healthy diet. avoid certain food like peanuts, brinjal, etc; which aggravates itching. do mindfulness meditation to reduce stress. Take homeopathic treatment for psoriasis. it's safe, natural and holistic way of treatment. natural homeopathic remedies strikes at root of problem to ensure complete relief.In chronic cases like psoriasis, medicine is selected on the basis of thorough details of patient like medical history, family history, causes, temperament etc..; such well selected remedy gives complete relief and cure without side effects. message back for online homeopathic consultation. take care.

I have some skin disease in my head, I want to know it's a fungal disease or being its a scalp psoriasis and why its happen. For this problem can I take which type of medicine When I use comb in my head there is like removal of infected skins. It's fall over like dandruff now I am tonsure my head. So, that only I am see its look like white thermal. Please help me to relive from this problem doctor. I am a student I am nit able to concentrate in my studies behalf of this problem.

Dr. Hemachandran 92% (794 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Vellore
Dear lybrate-user! Do not worry about the skin problem, there are various type of skin disease, as you mention about the infection and how the skin looks .but we did not get the picture to diagnose it properly I will suggest general skin care 1. Wash the affected area with normal water 2. Apply only pure coconut oil or olive oil, do not apply any ointment unless prescribed by the physician 3. Do not apply any native medicine on it, some times some substance may induce the problem more 4. Eat fresh vegetables and fruits 5. Do not expose the affected area to heat or dust 6. Wash your cloths with dettol and dry it in the sun 7. Change your dress which are too old 8. Do not allow much perspiration in the affected area. 9. If any food substance cause itching, note it and avoid it. 10. Do not take any self medication without doctors knowledge. Consult the nearby homeopath, the skin problem will be cured within a month Thank you For more details contact us in private section.
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