Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Most people with Psoriasis have thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white patches called scales.
Psoriasis is a noncontagious skin condition that produces red, dry plaques of thickened skin. The dry flakes and skin scales are thought to result from the rapid proliferation of skin cells that is triggered by abnormal lymphocytes from the blood. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp.
Some people with Psoriasis may also have arthritis, a condition known as psoriatic arthritis.
The following may trigger an attack of Psoriasis or make the condition more difficult to treat:
Psoriasis can appear suddenly or slowly. Many times, it goes away and then comes back again and again.
A diagnosis of Psoriasis is usually based on the appearance of the skin; there are no special blood tests or diagnostic procedures. Sometimes, a skin biopsy, or scraping, may be needed to rule out other disorders and to confirm the diagnosis. Skin from a biopsy will show clubbed rete pegs if positive for Psoriasis. Another sign of Psoriasis is that when the plaques are scraped, one can see pinpoint bleeding from the skin below (Auspitz's sign).
Yes, Psoriasis is associated with joint problems in about 10%-35% of patients. In fact, sometimes joint pains maybe the only sign of the disorder with completely clear skin. The joint disease associated with Psoriasis is referred to as psoriatic arthritis. Patients may have inflammation of any joints (arthritis), although the joints of the hands, knees, and ankles tend to be most commonly affected. Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory, destructive form of arthritis and is treated with medications to stop the disease progression.
The average age for onset of psoriatic arthritis is 30-40 years of age. In most cases, the skin symptoms occur before the onset of the arthritis.
Yes, Psoriasis may involve solely the nails in a limited number of patients. Usually, the nail symptoms accompany the skin and arthritis symptoms. Nails may have small pinpoint pits or large yellowish separations of the nail plate called "oil spots". Nail Psoriasis is typically very difficult to treat. Treatment option are somewhat limited and include potent topical steroids applied at the nail-base cuticle, injection of steroids at the nail-base cuticle, and oral or systemic medications as described below for the treatment of Psoriasis.
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Many basic Ayurvedic texts have explained skin diseases, which resembles Psoriasis. According to these references, Psoriasis can be considered as the vitiation of Vata and Kapha. (Two of the basic energies/humors, which maintains our body equilibrium) Accumulation of low potency poisons (Dooshi vishas), are the basic pathological changes taking place in the system.
detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body.
Internal medicines like herbal decoctions; medicated ghee, tablets, Arishtas has to be consumed accordingly.
It is very useful to treat one of the main triggers of Psoriasis – Stress. Mental health is absolutely necessary for an effective treatment of Psoriasis. As stress is playing major role in Psoriasis progress, one must keep a state of mental calmness.