SKIN DISEASE

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease.it is caused when our own immune system works against our body. Normally the immune system is supposed to protect us against bacteria and viruses. But here the immune system fails to recognize our own body tissues. Mainly it identifies the skin as a foreign entity and attacks the skin. It may even affect nails and joints in some patients.

What is Psoriasis ?

  • Psoriasis is a chronic disorder that results in red, thickened patches on the skin with shedding of silvery scales. The condition may be accompanied with discomfort and /or pain.

  • Skin cells normally have a life cycle of about 28 days each - which means that each of these cells is shed off and another comes up in place every 28 days. Now imagine if the cells start growing very rapidly without waiting for the earlier ones to shed out. It would lead to a build up of a thick layer of cells leading to the thickening of the skin in the affected area. This results in red patches with scaling.

How psoriasis affects the skin

  • When ever there is an injury to the skin, the cells around the injured area multiply fast to grow into the damaged area thus healing it.
  • In psoriasis the skin cells are injured by our own immune system. There are multiple microscopic injuries of the skin and to heal the affected area the nearby skin cells multiply and accumulate, before the old skin cells are naturally shed off, and these multiplying cells coalesce and form large flakes of scales on the skin. Because of the inflammatory process due to the microscopic injuries, the affected areas appear red and inflamed.



AREAS AFFECTED BY PSORIASIS

Associated disease

  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Liver diseases

Types Of Psoriasis

  • NAIL AFFECTIONS IN PSORIASIS

Affection of fingernail and toenails is seen in many cases and appears as discolored , thickened, pitted or ridged nails that crumble or detach from the nail-bed.

  • SCALP AFFECTIONS IN PSORIASIS

Affects almost half the people who develop skin psoriasis. In these cases, the scalp has dry and scaly skin or heavily crusted plaque areas. The plaque flakes off or peels off in clusters


  • PALMOPLANTAR PSORIASIS

Typically the lesions are seen on the palms and soles of the patient in this variety.

  • PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS

Joint affection is seen in about 10 to 30 percent of people with psoriasis. Symptoms include swelling, stiffness and pain in the affected joints. This can be quite crippling in the advanced stages.


  • PSORIASIS VULGARIS

The commonest form of psoriasis, seen as red raised patches with silvery scales. Also called plaque psoriasis

  • GUTTATE PSORIASIS

Small, rain-drop like lesions develop suddenly, and sometimes several weeks after a throat infection (particularly streptococcal).


  • INVESRSE PSORIASIS OR FLEXURAL PSORIASIS

Bright red, smooth patches are seen in the folds of the skin here. Common areas of affection are under the breasts, in armpits, near genitals, under buttocks and under abdominal folds.

  • PUSTULAR PSORIASIS

The lesions in this kind of psoriasis are filled with pus besides having the other peculiar characteristics


Scientific Work On Homeopathy And Psoriasis

  • A study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, a conventional medical Journal, showed that psoriasis patients experienced significant improvement in their quality of life and reduction in their psoriasis symptoms with Homeopathy. And this was without any kind of side-effects whatsoever. Of the 82 patients involved in the study that went on for 2 years, many had suffered psoriasis for as long as 15 years and had previously unsuccessfully tried conventional treatments.
  • clinical research studies done in UK and Germany have shown that between 81 to 97 % of cases treated with Homeopathy show definite improvement with no side-effects.