Psoriasis …a challenging disease?


“Oh! I am suffering from psoriasis for the past fifteen years!

No Cure! I tried all sorts of medicines!

Why it recurs again and again? Permanent cure?
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               very common queries from the affected victims
What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a very common skin disease, distressing the sufferers to experience low self-esteem because it is unsightly. Psoriasis is often misunderstood by the public as contagious, which can make social interaction awkward. This may lead to emotional problems such as anxiety, anger, embarrassment and depression.

How does it occurs?
         Psoriasis is a special type chronic skin disease affecting the growth cycle of skin cells. Simply it is understandable that the skin cells replicate at an extremely rapid rate than the normal formation of skin layer. Normally the new cells take between 21 and 28 days to produce the outermost layer then they die and flake off , but in psoriasis the affected part the process is accelerated and lasts only a few days, usually 2 – 6 days.

The affected areas switch from normal growth pattern. More cells are created and pushed to the surface very fast. The skin cannot shed as fast as growth occurs. The excessive skin cells builds up and form elevated scaly lesions. The white scales that usually cover the lesion is a component of dead skin cells. The redness is caused by the increased blood supply to the affected area. Psoriasis is a skin disorder rather than a disease. Although the lesions can occur at any part of the body, the common places are elbows, knees, lower back and scalp.

 

 

 

Psoriasis symptoms

Psoriasis symptoms can range from a small pin point to large areas. The lesions mostly painless, but is painful, disfiguring and disabling with larger one’s .Clinically many patient present the lesions on the scalp usually like a dandruff. Most types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, particularly in winter, then improving or going into complete remission but eventually returning in most of the cases.

Plaque Psoriasis   Pustular psoriasis
Guttate psoriasis   Erythrodermic psoriasis

Psoriasis comes in different forms and degrees of severity, medically receiving the diagnostic labels on different names. The lesion may be presented as red patches of skin covered with silvery scales , small scaling spots ,dry, cracked skin that may bleed. Itching is not a prevalent symptom in psoriasis, however it can occur in few cases with burning and soreness.
Few individual’s nails undergo psoriatic changes and present as thick, pitted or ridged nails. Psoriatic arthritis is a specific type of arthritis that occurs in a few patients of psoriasis, they complain swollen and stiff joints.

What causes it?

Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease, in which the immune system is staying on "high alert" and stimulating our skin cells to multiply too fast to the impulse produced by the white blood cells to “attack our own tissue" T-cells, a type of white cells trigger the inflammation and excessive cell reproduction


The disease tends to run in families. Genetic predisposition seems to play an important role in the development of Psoriasis and study of a significant excess of HLA-Antigens has been found in patients with psoriasis


Clinically, this disease may be associated with some other ailments such as diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders, AIDS and endocrine disorders. It may flare up with climate, infection, stress and drugs.


Diet and psoriasis

Fat metabolism has some influence on fat metabolism in psoriatic patients; however study Omega 5 polyunsaturated fatty acids are beneficial in psoriasis. There are several opinion that flare ups with protein and carbohydrate foods also. Non vegetarian food could accelerate auto immune process and many suggest that psoriatic patients live happily as vegetarians.
Itching is a rare symptom of psoriasis, when it is found along, better skip the allergic foods by elimination. Low sodium diet is recommended to avoid much exfoliation and itching.

What is the treatment ?


Modern medicine will be the first choice for the sufferers and they satisfied with the topical applications, medications for sometime. They usually fed up with the palliative measures and choose an alternate therapy to eradicate permanently. Psoriasis is a puzzle to all physicians because the treatment that works for one victim will have no effect or benefit on another.
Mostly patients choose homoeopathy because the system offers the drugs without side effects and administration is palatable. Another advantage of Homoeopathy does not advice external applications. Deep understanding and detailed study of the patient is necessary rather than the psoriatic lesions. Simply administering on the name of the psoriasis will not help or benefit the patient. Individual characteristic of the lesions in relation to body and mind will complete the study of the patient as a whole.
A dynamic remedy which is based on the constitution of the patient will arouse the natural defense mechanism to fight against the immune system and gradually over come the lesions. Many wondered with correct choice of a homoeopathic remedy had vanished the symptoms within a couple of months. Many patients do not follow up after for years together and appear before when there are few remissions after very long time.
Collectively homoeopathy has rendered great service to the sufferings of the psoriasis patients.