is a chronic skin disorder characterized by an overproduction of
skin cells that result in flaky and patchy raised areas on the skin's
surface. The plaques of skin can appear anywhere on the body, but
the lesions primarily appear the skin over the elbows, knees and
scalp. Psoriasis can cause pain, itching, burning and emotional
distress. Between 10% and 30% of people who develop psoriasis get
a related form of arthritis called “Psoriatic arthritis,” which
causes inflammation of the joints.
Psoriasis is the most common type of Psoriasis. About 80% of people
who develop Psoriasis have plaque Psoriasis, which appears as patches
of raised, reddish skin covered by silvery-white scale. These patches,
or plaques, frequently form on the elbows, knees, lower back, and
scalp. However, the plaques can occur anywhere on the body.
other types are Guttate Psoriasis (small, red spots on the skin),
Pustular Psoriasis (white pustules surrounded by red skin), Inverse
Psoriasis (smooth, red lesions form in skin folds), and Erythrodermic
Psoriasis (widespread redness, severe itching, and pain).
of type, Psoriasis usually causes discomfort. The skin often itches,
and it may crack and bleed. In severe cases, the itching and discomfort
may keep a person awake at night, and the pain can make everyday
tasks difficult. Research shows that the signs and symptoms of Psoriasis
usually appear between 15 and 35 years of age. About 75% develop
Psoriasis before age 40. However, it is possible to develop Psoriasis
at any age. After age 40, a peak onset period occurs between 50
and 60 years of age. Psoriasis occurs about equally in males and
females. Psoriatic arthritis usually first appears between
30 and 50 years of age — often months to years after skin lesions
first occur. However, not everyone who develops psoriatic arthritis
has Psoriasis. About 30% of people who get psoriatic arthritis never
develop the skin condition.
may be one of the oldest recorded skin conditions. It was probably
first described around 35 AD. Some evidence indicates an even earlier
date. Yet, until recently, little was known about Psoriasis. While
scientists still do not fully know what causes Psoriasis, research
has significantly advanced our understanding.
Researchers now believe that Psoriasis is an immune-mediated condition.
This means the condition is caused by faulty signals in the body’s
immune system. It is believed that Psoriasis develops when the immune
system tells the body to over-react and accelerate the growth of
skin cells. Normally, skin cells mature and are shed from the skin’s
surface every 28 to 30 days. When Psoriasis develops, the skin cells
mature in 3 to 6 days and move to the skin surface. Instead of being
shed, the skin cells pile up, causing the visible lesions.
have identified genes that cause Psoriasis. These genes determine
how a person’s immune system reacts. These genes can cause Psoriasis
or another immune-mediated condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis
or type 1 diabetes. The risk of developing Psoriasis or another
immune-mediated condition, especially diabetes or Crohn’s disease,
increases when a close blood relative has Psoriasis.
Some people who have a family history of Psoriasis never develop
this condition. Research indicates that a “trigger” is needed. Stress,
skin injuries, certain medications, and sunburn are some of the
known potential triggers. There also is a genetic component associated
with Psoriasis. Approximately one-third of people who develop Psoriasis
have at least one family member with the condition.
types of Psoriasis, ranging from mild to severe, can affect a person’s
quality of life. Living with this lifelong condition can be physically
and emotionally challenging. Itching, soreness, and cracked and
bleeding skin are common. Nail Psoriasis can be painful.
studies have shown that people often feel frustrated. In some cases,
Psoriasis limits activities and makes it difficult to perform job
responsibilities. Studies also have shown that stress, anxiety,
loneliness, and low self-esteem are part of daily life for people
living with Psoriasis. One study found that thoughts of suicide
are three times higher for Psoriatics than the general population.
Embarrassment is another common feeling.
has gained a good reputation for curing Psoriasis and other chronic
skin diseases. No sticky applications and no steroids are used in
the homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy cures it naturally by increasing
ones immunity and hence can cure it permanently. Homeopathic medicines
are completely harmless and when required can be taken for
a longer duration very safely. After starting the treatment the
itching, burning pain gets reduced, eruptions disappear gradually
and patient feel good in a general way.