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What Is Psoriasis?

Some individuals suffer from itching scalp as a result of psoriasis.
Psoriasis affects skin all over the body.
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Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that is genetic and not contagious, which means that if someone has it, she won't give it to someone by touching them. It can affect any part of the body, even the scalp and nails, and can be mild, moderate or severe. If someone has severe psoriasis, its symptoms may affect her quality of life, but a good dermatologist will help her ease the symptoms with proper medication.

There are five types:

  • Plaque psoriasis causes red, silvery-white, scaly skin lesions; this is the most common variety.
  • Pustular psoriasis causes pus-like blisters on the skin; it occurs usually on the hands or feet.
  • Erythrodermic psoriasis results in severe redness and shedding of the body surface.
  • Guttate psoriasis appears as red, drop-like dots on the skin.
  • Inverse psoriasis causes smooth, inflamed lesions in body creases.

In the early stages of the disease, psoriasis is almost unnoticeable, but sufferers might notice itching or burning as the condition gets worse. They may also notice that they get some small red bumps that get bigger and become scaly patches that are itchy and uncomfortable. When the scales accumulate, they may get crusty with silvery scales.

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While some people might have a genetic predisposition to getting psoriasis, there are certain factors that can cause them to suffer from it:

  • Climate and weather — cold weather, in particular, can trigger the disease.
  • Physical trauma — a psoriatic lesion may develop at the site of a skin injury.
  • Infections — viral upper respiratory disease, strep throat, HIV and boils might trigger the disease.
  • Psychological stress — this can worsen the condition.

A dermatologist or other medical professional is the best source of good information and treatment about this condition. It is controllable and treatable, and something that most people are able to live with. Sufferers should try to see a healthcare provider at the early stages of the disease to get it under control.

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popcorn
Post 5

Psoriasis on the face can be devastating for people, but there are some things you can do to help promote healing. Putting cashew nut oil on the damaged skin after a good washing can help calm the skin and make it look healthier. Also, making a facemask out of cabbage leaves, minus the thick veins, has been proven to be an effective home remedy.

If you don’t have cabbage to make a mask, trying a mud mask can work as well, as the mud can pull out impurities from the skin improving its condition.

Finally sunlight has been known to help the skin recover from psoriasis in safe doses. Don’t allow yourself to get burned though, or you can make things worse.

Does anyone else have any good tips on how to treat psoriasis?

letshearit
Post 4

If you have psoriasis it can be very embarrassing, and people will often do everything they can to cover the areas displaying symptoms.

For many, their arms have red scaly lesions, which they feel is unattractive and will cause people to avoid them, so they wear long sleeves.

There are some things you can do to help the condition. Never scratching, and wearing natural fabrics can help your skin. Also, if you suspect your skin gets worse when you eat certain food, you may need to cut back or eliminate it all together.

Some believe that taking high doses of Vitamin E can help with the appearance of psoriasis, lessoning the severity of lesions.

anon99668
Post 3

i think psoriasis is fungal. do some research on this.

anon87011
Post 2

i get psoriasis when i am exposed to the sun. cold weather helps reduce it.

ivanka
Post 1

The outside layer of regular skin is replaced every thirty days. In case of psoriasis it is replaced much faster, something like three to four days. The patches on the skin are dry, dead skin cells that keep accumulating.

Apparently sunbathing is effective in controlling psoriasis. Avoiding and controlling stress can help keep psoriasis in check too.

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