Daily Archives: August 12, 2010

Things You Should Know About Psoriasis – And How to Treat It

People all over the world go through a phase of isolation and it can be caused by many different circumstances. One of the common factors is skin diseases that cause us to be embarrassed to go out and mingle. Psoriasis is one of these skin diseases.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that causes your skin cells to grow more rapidly than they should. Just how is that possible, you ask? Well, you don’t shed skin like snakes or spiders; it is just that your skin grows rapidly in days instead of in weeks, which means that you have an abnormal skin cycle. And because of this the skin builds up and creates silvery or red patches of inflammations called plaques.

What causes psoriasis?

Like any other skin disease, or probably any other infection our bodies can incur, psoriasis is said to be caused by an irregular overactive immune system. Sometimes people acquire psoriasis without knowing it and unfortunately aggravate the infection. Some factors such as smoking, drinking alcohol excessively, stress, and even the cold weather can trigger or worsen psoriasis. Even minor infections and small injuries to skin can cause psoriasis.

What are the symptoms of psoriasis?

Unfortunately, psoriasis is unpredictable and sometimes you might mistake it for some ordinary skin infection until it is too late. Psoriasis can occur in any part of your body and it usually shows on your fingers or on in your scalp. In order to recognize psoriasis, you have to take note of the following psoriasis symptoms:

  • Psoriasis usually emits silvery and reddish plaques
  • Dry, cracked, and scaling spots on the skin that may bleed
  • Discoloration and/or wrinkling of the nails
  • Inflexible and swollen joints
  • Inflammation and itching of the skin

How do you treat psoriasis?

Fortunately, with the medical wonders we have these days, psoriasis is curable. There are quite a few effective psoriasis treatments such as:

  • Light therapy which is also known as phototherapy. This treatment makes use of natural light or artificial ultraviolet light to cure psoriasis. This is the simplest form of treating psoriasis.
  • Topical treatments which usually consist of application of topical ointments or creams to relieve the swelling of the skin due to psoriasis gradually but eventually healing the inflammation. This kind of therapy is usually given to mild or minor cases of psoriasis.
  • If the first two therapies do not work, oral or injected medications are usually given to treat severe cases of psoriasis. These medications more likely consist of vitamins or other pills that reduces the growth of skin.