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18 Jul 2016

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Published on: 09 Jul 2016 by just

Don't Be Afraid of Psoriasis

Psoriasis – are you tired of consulting your Dermatologist? Want to know more about Psoriasis? Here are the facts and details of Psoriasis which you need to know.....

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is the most common skin condition that affects people of any age group. It is an auto immune disorder. It is also a persistent and chronic condition.

Regions affected by Psoriasis...

Psoriasis can affect any part of your body. Most commonly involved parts are –

  • Scalp

  • Hands

  • Feet

  • Nails

  • Genitals

  • Skin folds

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Symptoms vary in each individual. However there are certain symptoms most commonly seen which include –

  • Red patches on skin covered by silvery scales

  • Dry, cracked skin that might bleed

  • Deformed nails

  • Rashes or lesions on nails

  • Hampered nail growth

  • Severe itching on skin

  • Fine scales on skin

How did I develop Psoriasis?

The exact cause of Psoriasis is unknown. Genetic factors have found to play a role in its development.

Agents that trigger Psoriasis

There are certain factors that trigger an attack of Psoriasis. There is no proven study to support the association. But most of the cases studied have shown the correlation. Factors are –

  • Injury to the skin

  • Infections

  • Stress

  • Cold weather

  • Smoking

  • Heavy alcohol consumption

  • Certain drugs – quinidine, lithium, anti malarials and so on

How severe is my Psoriasis?

The grading of severity helps in treatment formulation. Based on the part of the body involved, psoriasis can be graded as –

  1. Mild – lesions cover < 3% of the body

  2. Moderate – lesions cover between 3 to 10% of the body

  3. Severe – lesions cover > 10% of the body

Who are at risk of developing Psoriasis?

People with strong family history, stress, obesity, people suffering from immunocompromised diseases are at increased risk of developing Psoriasis.

Is the treatment with drugs the only option?

No, treatment with drugs forms the mainstay of treatment. There are certain home remedies to minimise the flare ups. These are not the treatment, but when followed helps in reducing the severity. Remedies are:

  • Daily baths – bathing daily with luke warm water and mild soaps helps in reducing the lesions

  • Use of moisturiser – dry skin aggravates your lesions. Apply moisturiser judiciously and always maintain the moisture of your skin

  • Exposure to sunlight – maintain a proper record of exposure to sunlight. Too much can worsen your condition. Apply sunscreen lotion and get exposed to sunlight for about 10 – 15 min

  • Avoid exposure to triggers if possible

  • Try to have a control on your habits

  • Try to manage stress

  • Use of aloevera cream has shown good results

Life with Psoriasis

Life with psoriasis is never easy. Social isolation, stress, depression, anxiety are most commonly associated with it. Here are a few tips that will help you –

  1. Get educated and educate your peers

  2. Follow your doctor’s advice

  3. Find people with psoriasis – they will offer you a helping hand

  4. Cover up when necessary

Myths about Psoriasis

1. Psoriasis is contagious

2. Psoriasis is not treatable

3. Psoriasis affects my health lifelong

These are the most common perceptions about psoriasis

Psoriasis is non communicable disease. There are stages where in you will be totally symptom free. Proper treatment and proper care helps you to lead a normal life. It is just a skin condition and not a disease.

Do not be scared, you are normal!!


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