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Psoriasis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Psoroasis?

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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Dry Skin - 5 Things That Can Cause It!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Dry Skin - 5 Things That Can Cause It!

It’s needless to say, that your skin is the first line of defense against all natural elements like the wind, sun and the cold. But when you have dry skin, it’s a real uncomfortable condition and it can happen for a plethora of reasons.
Dry skin, which is medically known as xerosis, can develop on any part of your body. However, dry skin generally affects the legs, hands and arms. Although dry skin depends a lot on your health, age, the hobbies that you indulge in and the time you spend outdoors, here are some of the most pertinent causes and symptoms of dry skin.

Causes for developing dry skin:

  1. Weather: You may have also noticed that the skin tends to get the driest during the winter, when humidity and temperature plummet down. But the season may not matter if you are living in an arid zone.
  2. Hot bath and shower: Taking prolonged hot bath and showers can dry up your skin. So does swimming, especially if you are doing it in heavily chlorinated water.
  3. Heat: Staying in close proximity to wood-burning stoves, central heating, space heaters and fireplaces, all diminish humidity and dry up your skin.
  4. Harsh detergents and soaps: Maximum soaps, shampoos and detergents are formulated to remove oil. Thus, applying too much of any of these could end up giving you dry skin.
  5. Other conditions: People who suffer from ailments such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis can also be prone to dry skin.

Mostly, dry skin could be a temporary affair as it tends to happen primarily during the winters. However, it could also be a lifelong menace to some. However, dry skin symptoms are:

  1. Gray and ashy skin
  2. Redness on the skin
  3. Deep cracks in the skin that bleed
  4. Rough skin

A feeling of tightness on the skin, especially after bathing, showering or after a swim. In most of the cases, you can find many a home remedy for curing dry skin; however it’s always a good idea to consult a doctor.

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Nail Psoriasis - How To Know If You Are Suffering From It?

MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Surat
Nail Psoriasis - How To Know If You Are Suffering From It?

Psoriasis, in general, is a persistent autoimmune condition that causes the speedy development of skin cell. This increase in the number of cells causes unhealthy scales on the surface of the skin.

Symptoms of nail psoriasis
Symptoms to watch out for are the nails cracking right from the nail bed. This, in medicinal term, is known as onycholysis and it creates space that can get contaminated by germs. Soreness or a sponge like feeling beneath the nails, pitting, warping and hardening of the nails, discoloration, painful chalk like build up beneath the cuticles which causes the nail to move upwards, are common symptoms as well. This is known as subungual hyperkeratosis. As a rule, almost everybody who is affected by general psoriasis, suffer from nail psoriasis.

Sometimes nail psoriasis may be accompanied by fungal infections. A parting amid the nail and nail bed is the perfect environment for the fungi to grow. If the symptoms you are experiencing are extremely moderate, treatment may not be required. If the discoloration, nail hardening or chipping of the nails is severe, it is probably a good time to make an appointment with a dermatologist.

A diet deficient in Calcium, Vitamin C or B12 can lead to this condition. Unhygienic habits can aggravate the condition. Psoriasis, in most cases, is acquired genetically. A weak immune system can also be a marker. Certain steps can be taken to keep the nails healthy. Keeping the nails clipped short and clean helps. Wearing gloves while working in the kitchen, during gardening or washing is another preventive measure you can always take.

It may be hard to treat nail psoriasis; while topical medicines are prescribed, they usually don’t work that well. Oral D3 supplements can be taken. D3 ointments, light or photo therapy and finally corticosteroid injections directly aimed to the nail bed may ease the situation. In very severe cases, nails may need to be removed with the help of surgery, so as to help new nails to grow back. Patience is the key word.

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Pityriasis Amiantacea - A Guide!

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. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Psoriasis - Types, Symptoms, and Treatment

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Inverse Psoriasis: In Inverse psoriasis, shiny red (bright red) inflammations or lesions appear on the armpits, groyne, breasts.
  5. 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.

The symptoms associated with psoriasis include

  1. Elevated and inflamed red patches covered by whitish- silver scales (plaques).
  2. The nails appear thick and pitted.
  3. There is a pain in the joints followed by swelling.
  4. At times, the affected skin may crack resulting in bleeding.
  5. 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.

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).

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Fungal Infection - 8 Things That Put You At Risk!

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Fungal Infection - 8 Things That Put You At Risk!

Fungal skin diseases are brought about by various sorts of fungi and are the main reasons behind an irritated skin. Fungi attack and develop in dead keratin, a protein that makes up your skin, hair and nails. The various sorts of fungal diseases are caused by various groups of fungi. Some common fungal skin infections include ringworm, intertrigo, nail infections, Athlete’s foot, etc.

The likelihood of fungal infections increase in the following cases:

  1. If you are overweight
  2. Not drying your skin completely after a shower or wash
  3. Walking barefoot in shower and wet locations
  4. In case of a pregnancy
  5. If you have a weak immune system
  6. If you suffer from diabetes
  7. If you come into contact with a person or animal with fungal infections.
  8. Due to a recent course of antibiotics

Fungal rashes can at times be mistaken for other skin conditions, for example, psoriasis and eczema. Fungal skin diseases can bring about a number of skin rashes; some of them being red, textured and itchy. The organism can influence only one region, or a few zones of your body. In the event that you get a fungal disease of your scalp, you might lose some hair. There are steps which can be performed in order to protect yourself from getting a parasitic skin contamination:

  1. Dry your skin properly after a shower
  2. Try not to share hairbrushes, towels or combs since they might be carrying fungi
  3. In case a family member has been infected with scalp ringworm, hats, pillows, combs or scissors should be soaked using water and bleach
  4. Allow your shoes sufficient time to dry out by alternating them every two or three days
  5. In order to keep moisture away from the skin, wear loose clothes that are made of cotton or other breathable materials.
  6. Socks, bed linen and clothes should be washed regularly to prevent the growth of any fungi
  7. In communal and wet areas like saunas, swimming pools, showers, etc., wear clean plastic shoes or flip-flops.
  8. If you have diabetes, try to keep your blood sugar under control 

    If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I am 25 years old and I am suffering from psoriasis for 6 months what is the cure I am really depressed cause my nail is pitting.

BA(Hons.) Applied Psychology, MA - Applied Psychology, MPhil - Mental Health & Social Psychology, Phd clinical psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
At times, a chronic physical problem can cause depression and anxiety. You should consult a mental health professional who would assess and see whether a small course of medication can help you or only therapy may help you in dealing with this condition.
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My mother is suffering from skin disease some kind of psoriasis or anything else cannot recognize. She visits so many doctors but their medicines effects for a while after that as usual condition. Now she isn't taking any medicines but using an ointment named 'Betovate-C' (skin cream. Please suggest any medicine that ends this skin problem.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Psoriasis is a Chronic condition which has to be kept under control. Just like diabetes can be controlled but you cannot remove diabetes after you have it once. We can treat psoriasis effectively, but we cannot predict recurrences. Some lifestyle modifications and diet changes are also very helpful in reducing recurrences. Please call me or send photos using online consult option for proper examination and treatment advice. I treat psoriasis cases everyday.
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Hello My friend is 24 year old. She is suffering from psoriasis. English medicines tried, once cured and again occurred. Now she is under treatment of homeopathy. It is not curing completely. She have this problem since 6-7 years. She don't have parents. I believe depression is main reason for her to not get rid of it. Please suggest effective medicines.

Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, It is nice of you to help. Depression and psoriasis coexist. Both need treatment. Please ask your skin doctor herself to treat depression or refer to a psychiatrist. Both can be treated at the same time.
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I had an psoriasis for many years and it would not solved my problem and I see many dermatology doctor but the result was not good till date.

Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), M. D. ( E. H. Medicine), Internship in Yog & Naturopathy, Ram Ratan Chikitsa Kendra , Agra
Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Agra
Naturopathic and herbal treatment is available for permanent and satisfied responses of your psoriasis problem. Please consult with me privately for treatment. Thanks.

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What is Psoroasis?

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

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Hi, I am Dr Rohot Goel and I am an Ayurvedic Dermatologist. I have treated so many cases of Psoriasis leucoderma, chronic eczema, successfully in Ayurveda. Here we are discussing Psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a non contagious skin disorder. causes due to uncontrolled growth of the cells. Here, we can see some symptoms such as;

Red patches
Silver scaling
Some burning sensation
Some common sights are elbow, knee, back
The reason behind Psoriasis is;

Excessive stress
Excessive smoking
Excessive alcohol intake
We can treat Psoriasis in Ayurveda with lice therapy only. This therapy plays an important role in the treatment of Psoriasis.

Purification of blood is a basic aim of ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis. Here we are using so many herbs in the purification of blood and treats Psoriasis successfully.

So, in Ayur Skin Clinic, we are also using the latest technology like a laser, phototherapy etc.

If you want to consult me for Psoriasis or any other disease, you can consult me through Lybrate.
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Mai Dr. Tanuj Veerbhan, Senior Consultant, Sanjivani Ayurvedashram, Ghaziabad se. Aaj hum baat krenge psoriasis ke bare me. Sabse pehle hume ye janna hai, psoriasis actual me hota kya hai. Dekhiye, psoriasis ek skin disease hai. Skin disease me bhut se symptoms aate hain. Psoriasis me kya hota hai, apko skin ke upar lal rang ke gol chatte dikhayi dete hain. Aur mostly is disease me jo sabse jyada dikhayi deta hai vo ye hota hai ki ek safed rang ki parat dheere dheere utarna chalu ho jati hai. Dheere dheere ye parat apke sharir me failti chali jati hai. Aur ye psoriasis apka badhta chala jata hai. Mostly ye dryness ki vjha se badhti hai. Winters me bhut jyada badh jati hai. Kuch patient me dekha gya hai ki ye scalp se shuru hoti hai. Jaise kisi ko dandruff ho gya. Bhut lambe time tak agar vo dandruff ban jata hai, to dheere dheere vo kan ke piche bhi aa jata hai or skin ke dusre hisse me bhi failna shuru ho jata hai. Ab hum bat krte hain iske causes ke bare me.

Mostly ye dekha gya hai ki virudh ahar or vihar, mostly jo opposite food hote hain, unse ye disease failti hai. Skin me dryness badhne se bhi failti hai. Agar hum non-veg, baigan, namak ya fir cheeni, is trha k jo foods hote hain, unka agar hum jyada istemal krte hain to bhi ye dikat apki dheere dheere badhti chali jati hai. Ab rhi bat iske treatment ki. Ayurveda me iska treatment bhut ache se describe kia gya hai, Ayurveda me vo sabhi disease, jo mostly kisi or pathy me asadhya ya incurable bol dia jata hai, Ayurveda me uska bhut ache se treatment kia jata hai. Psoriasis ke lia Ayurveda me jo treatment ki shurat ki jati hai, vo hota hai body ke detoxification se.

Jab body detoxify ho jati hai psoriasis, tab kisi bhi trha ki patient ko jo hum medicines dete hain, mostly jyada effective hoti hain or ache uske results dikhayi dete hain. Jaise hmare pas ek sanjeevan ashram me ek swara powder kr k bnata hai, us powder ke through hum kya krte hain, pehle body ko detoxify kia jata hai, sath me blood ko purify bhi kia jata hai or skin ki dryness ko bhi kam kia jata hai. Jab bhi hum Ayurveda me iska treatment shuru krte hain, to ek to hume food avoid krvana hi pdta hai ki apko kya food me lena hai or kya nhi. Lekin isme sabse jyada jo dhyan rkhna hota hai vo ye hai ki apki body ke andar vo ek bhi food nhi jana chaiye, jiski vjha se vo chiz aggravate ho. Mostly, Ayurveda me ye vatta or cough dosh ki badhne ki vjha se mana jata hai. To in doshon k lia bhi hume treatment dena hota hai. Detoxification k bad Ayurveda me panchakarma ka bhut acha use kia jata hai.

Mostly, isme vaman or virechan is traha ki detoxification jo process hoti hai, vo follow ki jati hai. Khane me gehun or chane ka aata mix kr ke len to bhut ache results aate hain. Kayi bar dekha gya hai ki genetically bhi ye patient me aati hai. Dryness k lia ek sabse acha me apko treatment btata hun, jinko bhi psoriasis hai, quki mostly jinko psoriasis hai vo itching se kafi preshan hote hai. Or jab ye sharir k kisi or part p hai tab tak koi dikkat nhi hai par face pe jab aana shuru ho jati hai to or dikkat shuru ho jati hai. Face p vaise ye disease kam aati hai. Face p na aane ka hum karan ye maan skte hain ki face pe jo oil gland hoti hai vo overactive hoti hai. Agar patient pani bhi bhut ache se peeye, to bhi body ke andar dryness kam ayegi. Stress badhne se bhi ye disease badhti hai. Quki agar stress badhta hai to body ka vatta badhta hai or us se dryness badhti hai or psoriasis k chance badh jate hain. Agar koi bhi patient March, April, May, June, July mtlb baarish aane se pehle pehle, agar hum gaye ka shudh desi ghee, subha ek chamach khali peat lenge to us apki body ki heat nhi badhegi or ghee apki body me moisture lana shuru kar dega or is se dryness kam ho jayegi. To in chizon ka aap agar ache se dhyan rkhte hain, to kafi had tak hum is chiz ko cure kr k rkh skte hain. Sankramak ye disease nhi hoti hai. Ek dusre se ye nhi failti. Agar hum in chizon ka dhyan rkhenge to psoriasis se hum cure bhi ho skte hain or kafi ache se isko control bhi laya ja skta hai.

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