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 coloured 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.
Psoriasis Vulgaris: 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.
Guttate Psoriasis: 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.
Inverse Psoriasis: 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.
Pustular Psoriasis: 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.
Erythrodermic Psoriasis: 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 Poriasis
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.
How do I know if I have psoriasis?
The doctor can diagnose psoriasis easily by examining your skin.
Is Psoriasis Contagious?
No psoriasis is not contagious and does not spread by touch.
Can psoriasis be completely cured?
It depends on type of psoriasis. Most cases often need a continued treatment until the symptoms persist. Patients who have a recent onset of psoriasis symptoms respond well to the treatment as compared to patients who have a chronic history.
Do homeopathic medicines initially aggravate psoriasis?
No, homeopathic medicines do not aggravate psoriasis. Do not discontinue any medicines on your own. Sudden withdrawal of certain drugs can lead to psoriasis flare up.
Are there any side effects of the homeopathic medicines?
No, there are no side effects of the homeopathic medicines for psoriasis.
Are Are there any dietary restrictions while on treatment?
No, there are no dietary restrictions. We will guide you about special foods which have effective properties and will benefit to control your symptoms.
How do I control the itching?
Apply moisturizers frequently and liberally to keep the skin moist. Dry skin can induce and aggravate the itch. Apply the moisturizer immediately after bath for best results. You can also refrigerate the moisturizer for about 20 minutes before use.
How long will I have to take the medicines?
The duration of treatment will vary from case to case and depends on many factors such as type of psoriasis, duration of symptoms, extent of spread, and severity of psoriasis. Cases with recent origin respond fast as compared to long standing psoriasis. Compliance with the treatment is the key to cure.
Medicines should be continued until the symptoms persist. Patients mostly start finding improvement in about 3-5 months with regular medicine use.
Will my symptoms recur after stopping the medicines?
Being an autoimmune condition it is difficult to predict about reappearance of psoriasis symptoms. Most of the patients experience fairly good control of their symptoms with the treatment. Recurrences may occur in some cases. In such a scenario one needs to restart the treatment.
We recommend visiting the clinic once in three months for a period of one year once the treatment is stopped. Post treatment visits are vital, as periodic evaluation confirms that the symptoms are totally under control even after stopping the medicines.