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PSORIASIS: LIBERATE, DON’T ISOLATE

You find yourself wincing from psoriasis. If this gets any worse, you fear that you may need to stay aloof; especially when the lesions are seen on the face and hands- the areas which you cannot easily hide.

Psoriasis is a common condition which tends to run in families. The eruptions appear as red, raised patches covered with a built up of silvery-white flakes. The lesions can occur on any part of the body including scalp, face, ears, neck, back, genitalia, legs, ankles, feet and toes. It also affects finger nails and toe nails.

The prevalence and morbidity of psoriasis has been steadily increasing in India .About 5 million Indians are estimated to have psoriasis. Psoriasis impacts the individual physically, socially, financially and psychologically.

The precise cause of psoriasis is unknown. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. So instead of a normal cycle of 28-30 days the skin matures and moves to the surface in just 3-4 days. This rapid growth of skin results in thickened skin and excessive shedding of the scales.

Some external stressors generally serve as trigger for the inherited defect in immune system. Some common ones are infections, stress, injury, certain medications, cold climate and alcohol.

A growing number of studies have found that patients suffering with psoriasis are at increased risk of being overweight or obese and more likely to develop arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

Psoriasis can negatively impact many aspects of quality of life. Although the disease is not contagious, people may avoid contact with affected individuals. The impacts of psoriasis are beyond being just skin deep. New researches has revealed the realities of what it is like to live with psoriasis, With 40 per cent of sufferers surveyed admitting to feeling embarrassed, a fifth (22 per cent) depressed and an alarming seven per cent going so far as to say it makes them feel suicidal, the impact the condition has on a person both mentally and emotionally should not be underestimated.

There are various different types of treatment for Psoriasis. The treatments work in a different way and affect each person individually. It’s a case of working out what best works for you. You have to do the best you can to control your flare ups and keep the symptoms at the minimum.

A recent study published in the journal of the European academy of dermatology and venereology, showed that psoriasis patients showed a significant improvement in their psoriasis symptoms and quality of life with homeopathy.

Homeopathy offers better safety, efficacy, and longer remission period. It gives an excellent chance of recovery by correcting the deviated immune response at the cell level. The complications of psoriasis are also minimized.

Talk to your doctor today about the various treatment options available. With the right treatment, one can have the lifestyle one aspires to!

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