Psoriasis occurs most commonly in the third decade of life. It has higher incidence in females
than males. Children are rarely affected. Whites suffer more than blacks. It can occur in single or multiple spots. It is often found to be persistent without any spread in case of single area involvement (tip of fingers, elbows, etc), whereas it spreads rapidly in case of multiple spots occurrences. It usually has a familial trait. Psoriasis most commonly occurs on the extensor aspect, i.e. elbows, knees & lower back. The other common places are scalp, tips of fingers or toes, palms, soles, umbilicus, gluteus, under the breasts aand genitals. Nearly 30 per cent of psoriasis patients have arthritis problems.
May vary, depending upon the type and intensity of the psoriasis. The main symptoms are skin symptoms, but other symptoms like joint pains, problem involving the heart can also occur. Symptoms of psoriasis can shine and wane any time and rebound any time with variation in intensity and remission periods. However, in most cases, psoriasis is persistent and occurs symmetrically denoting its systemic origin.
- Dryness of skin
- Intense itching which leads to scratching
- Cracks in skin
- Burning of skin
- Macules, papules and pustules in the skin
- Adherent silvery scales – when peeled off shows red skin
- Yellow or discoloured pitted nails
- Pustular blisters
- Joint pains with inflammation and swelling
Depending upon the place of involvement and type of symptoms, psoriasis has been classified as following types. Plaque psoriasis – is the commonest psoriasis named after the characteristic occurrence of plaque as crusts. The removal of plaque will expose raw inflamed skin.
- Psoriatic arthritis – psoriasis accompanied by joint pain
- Pustular psoriasis – psoriasis with pustular blisters
- Guttate psoriasis – multiple dotted occurrence of psoriasis
- Flexural psoriasis – smooth inflamed psoriasis in folds of skin without scaling
Psoriasis usually grows worse with suppressing steroid drugs. So never use steroid drugs. The entire outburst may reflect inwards to involve every part of the body when suppressed. Usually, everyone knows diabetes can affect every part of the body except hair, teeth and nails. But psoriasis can affect these too. In the case of nail being affected, it may end up in loss of nails. If treatment is followed with patience, then psoriasis will remain only a skin disorder and make life with the disease better. The anxiety of the sufferer also makes his/her health deteriorate further. Anxiety, stress will make psoriasis worse. Be happy so you can live better without complications.
DON’T scratch or peel to avoid infection
AVOID stress and unnecessary medicines
GO with Nature in your style of living and eating food
USE moisturiser or liquid paraffin to avoid dryness of skin.
Fearing spread of psoriasis will kill more than the disease. The greatest joy for psoriasis patients is the disappearance of the rashes. The disappearance of the itch/scaly skin itself doesn’t mean the disease is waning, i.e., skin rash can be easily made to disappear with steroidal external applications which will usually mask the complaint. Likewise, suppressive immune therapy with steroid drugs will also mask the complaint, but very temporarily. Allopathic way of approach is usually against causative factor or disease. In psoriasis, since the causative factor has not been identified, the treatment is aimed at temporary management with medications and external applications. But, Homeopathy treats the symptoms of patients, ratherthan the diseases or its effects.