What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition in which the skin cells build up rapidly which causes a layer of thick dead cells on the surface of the skin. The skin usually appears red and inflamed with dry, thick silvery colored scales.
Psoriasis can appear on any part of the body. But the common sites involved are elbows, knees, scalp and trunk.
Causes Of Psoriasis
The exact causes of psoriasis are not fully known. Psoriasis tends to run in the families and if you have either of your parents suffering from psoriasis you have higher chances of acquiring it.
Psoriasis is an auto-immune disorder in which overactive T cells trigger the immune response. This cause an increased production of healthy skin cells which quickly move to the outermost layer of skin forming a layer of thick dead skin and white blood cells.
Symptoms of Psoriasis
Severity of symptoms varies from person to person. The common symptoms are:
- Silvery Scales
- Itching and burning
- Putting of nails
- Thickening of the nail bed
- Swelling of joints stiffness
Common triggers of Psoriasis
The most common triggers are: Extremes of heat and cold Stress Injury Infections Medications like anti-malarial drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and beta blockers.
This is the most common form of psoriasis. The skin lesions are typical and appears as red raised patches with a built up of thick silvery white scales. It is commonly noticed on elbows, scalp, abdomen, back and extremities. The thick scales cracks easily and are often itchy and painful.
This appears as small red raised patches in the form of drops. It is mostly noticed among youngsters after streptococcal infection of the throat. The red patches appear suddenly and are noticed on trunk and limbs. It can also occur after stress, upper respiratory tract infections and after use of certain drugs.
Mostly noticed among overweight people in skin folds; below the breast, groins and armpits. The skin is bright red, raised and has smooth appearance. The affected area is usually sore and itchy.
It is noticed as blisters of white non-infectious pustules on hands and feet. Sometimes the Pustular psoriasis involves the entire body. This condition is termed as Von Zumbusch. This appears suddenly leaving the skin red and painful. Pustules which appear are tender and painful with accompanied fever, chills and body ache. There is intense itching with rapid pulse. Patient usually feels very weak and exhausted due to severe dehydration.
This form of psoriasis affects the entire body; almost 90% of the body surface is covered with psoriasis patches. There are reddened patches with shedding of the skin cells which causes protein and fluid loss. The body temperature can also drops down which causes shivering bouts. Pain and severe itching accompanies with increased heart rate. Erythrodermic psoriasis can be life threatening and requires immediate hospital management.
Complications of Psoriasis
Psoriasis sometimes can involve the entire body surface which can prove fatal. The common complications of psoriasis are joints problems and nail deformities.
Psoriasis patients have increased risk of developing Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure and stroke.
People with psoriasis are more likely to be obese and have higher chances of developing kidney diseases. Most patients suffer from depression and have low self-esteem. Social isolation is common among psoriasis patients. Patients may also have problems at work place which can lead to reduced income.
Living with psoriasis can be challenging task as it severely impacts one’s quality of life. It can affect relationships with close ones and times can get difficult to cope up in day to day activities.
About 30% of people with psoriasis precede joint disease called psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis arthritis affects joints of arms, legs including the elbows and wrist. Joints of spine, shoulder and hips are less commonly affected.
Psoriatic arthritis may be mild or severe. In severe cases joint motion becomes more painful and difficult. If you get frequent pains, aches, swelling or stiffness of the joints then make sure you discuss it with your doctor.
In later stages of psoriatic arthritis there can be extensive damage done to the joints. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent joint damage and preserve joint function.
Homeopatic Treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis
Objective of the treatment is to reduce the joint inflammation and to restrict further joint damage. A good control of psoriasis patches benefits in limiting the joint loss. AIS Clinic has expertise of treating psoriatic arthritis cases successfully ebery .
Homeopathic remedies specifically improve the joint functioning by reducing the inflammation. The stiffness and pain reduces which enables patients to do their day to day activities.
There are many myths about psoriasis which needs to be busted. We have addressed some facts which will help you in clearing the misunderstandings about the disease.
MYTH: Psoriasis spreads by touch
FACT: Psoriasis is not a communicable disease and does not spread by touch.
MYTH: People with psoriasis should not participate in outdoor activities
FACT: People with psoriasis can participate in all outdoor activities.
MYTH: Psoriasis is just a cosmetic problem.
FACT: Psoriasis is a serious skin condition. 20-30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis.
MYTH: Once cleared psoriasis will never recur again.
FACT: Psoriasis can recur at any walks of life. Psoriasis can have alternate phases of flare-ups and clearing of the symptoms.
MYTH: Psoriasis is not treatable
FACT: With the latest advancements in Homeopathic science, Psoriasis can be effectively treated using homeopathic medicines. Patients using homeopathic medicines also find a positive change in their quality of life.
Diet for Psoriasis
There are certain foods which are known to increase the body inflammation. Restricting such foods and including foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help in controlling psoriasis.Foods like red meat (mutton, beef and pork), processed foods, refined sugar and dairy products are known to increase inflammation and should be avoided.
Omega- 3 fatty oils have a positive effect in reducing the inflammation. Fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, and herring are found beneficial. Flax seeds, olive oils and walnuts are also a rich source of omega-3 fatty oils and should be consumed daily. Include lots of greens and fresh fruits in your diet.
Studies have confirmed that gluten sensitivity can worsen psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Sources of gluten are barley, wheat and rye. Products such as bread, crackers, pastas are common sources of gluten. Patients adopting gluten free diet has shown improvements in their skin condition and psoriatic arthritis. If you chose to go gluten free try at least for a period of three to four months. If you do not see a beneficial change then you can add gluten back in your diet. When on gluten free diet, ensure you eliminate all the foods and products which contain gluten.
Homeopathic Treatment for Psoriasis
Homeopathy confidently gives an excellent chance of recovery without any side effects. The complications of psoriasis are also minimized with Homeopathy.
AIS Clinic has expertise of treating psoriatic arthritis cases successfully. A thorough inspection and examination of the skin is done using latest in-house technologies. A detailed personal, past and medical history is recorded. Treatment modality is selected after carefully evaluating psoriasis symptom. Standard Medical protocols are used to asses and measure the follow up progress.
Homeopathic medicine corrects the faulty immune response thereby reducing the inflammation and dead skin cell formation. Medicines reduce psoriasis severity and prolong recurrence of symptoms. Long term use of medicines assists in improving the quality of life and reducing the complications of psoriasis.
Host of studies and clinical trials carried out testifies the benefits of homeopathic medicines in psoriasis. Among such studies, clinical research studies done in Germany and UK affirm that 80-96% of patients on Homeopathy. show definite improvements with absolutely no side effects.
Self Help for Psoriasis
Some of the measures are as follows:
- Regularly expose your skin to early morning sunlight for about half an hour. Sun light reduces the skin inflammation and scaling. However, strong sunlight between 10 am to 4 pm should be strictly avoided as it causes skin injury and increase psoriasis patches.
- Avoid bathing in very hot water.
- Use moisturizers liberally on the psoriasis patches. Apply moisturizer immediately after a shower. When applied on wet skin moisture gets locked in for a longer time. Frequent moisturizing will also reduce the skin irritation and itching.
- Refrigerating the lotion before application can greatly help in minimizing the itch.
- Use light cotton clothing, preferably full sleeved. Thick rugged clothing can injure the skin and can cause skin inflammation.
- Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin.
- Maintaining an ideal body weight. Latest studies published suggest that losing weight helps in reducing the symptoms of psoriasis.
- Eat balanced diet, exercise regularly and practice yoga. Yoga and meditation help reduce stress which is a major trigger in psoriasis.