Psoriasis May be Easy to Spot, But It's Hard to Handle
A person’s skin helps to protect the rest of their body from the outside world. It keeps everything in place and does what it can to keep random tree branches, car bumpers and cat claws from damaging what is inside.
The skin isn’t impervious to damage, and it’s not immune to conditions and diseases. Knowing what’s going on with your skin can give a person an insight into their overall health.
Psoriasis is one of the most obvious conditions that can occur to a person’s skin. Most skin conditions tend to be fairly obvious because they are on the surface and Psoriasis is no different. Psoriasis is chronic and will come and go. What actually happens with psoriasis is that the skin cells grow too quickly! All skin cells grow, exist and then finally die. When certain areas of skin are out of alignment with the rest of the body, it creates the skin patches that are so well known as Psoriasis.
Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis will affect a lot of people differently. The key with Psoriasis is that there are different types, so they can affect people in different ways. Many of the symptoms are pretty common throughout the different types, but may occur in different locations. Here are the symptoms to look out for:
- Red Skin Patches - These skins patches are the most common aspect of Psoriasis. They are often covered with these silvery scales.
- Cracked Skin - Sometimes, skin will become brittle and crack. It can also bleed out from this area.
- Itching/Burning - This sensation can occur on the areas affected by psoriasis and in the area around it.
- Abnormal Nails - People with psoriasis may find their nails are extremely thick, or become pitted and have ridges.
- Joint Issues - Psoriasis can also cause joints to become painful, stiff and swollen. This is more common when psoriasis is near to the joint, but can happen other times as well.
Types of Psoriasis
There are several different types of psoriasis which can affect a person. Each does fairly similar things in a different way. The following are the types of psoriasis that a person may suffer from.
- Plaque - Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis that people have. It’s called this because the area affected are called plaques. These are not limited to a specific region of the body and commonly are found everywhere. It can even happen inside a person’s mouth. The skin becomes very dry, rises up from the other skin around it and becomes red with silver scales.
- Nail - Nail psoriasis affects a person’s fingernails and can cause the nail symptoms listed in the earlier section. In addition, nails can sometimes loosen and fall off. The worst cases have the nails crumble apart.
- Guttate - This is the kind of psoriasis most likely to affect a child. It has lesions around the body that can extend out onto the arms and legs.
- Inverse - This affects skin areas where skin tends to touch other skin. It’s commonly seen in armpits, the groin, and under breasts. It causes red patches of skin that are smooth, but potentially quite large.
- Erythrodermic - This may be the worst type of psoriasis. It can cover the entire body with a horrible peeling rash. Thankfully it is quite rare.
- Pustular - This is another rare form and tends to form really large blisters that are filled with pus. It develops very quickly. These blisters can occur only hours after the skin starts to turn red.
- Psoriatic Arthritis - This is a mix of arthritis symptoms caused by psoriasis. It’s often not as bad as arthritis in severity, but adding in the skin issues can make it quite tedious.
Treatment of Psoriasis
When it comes to psoriasis, there is currently no cure. There is however, the ability to reduce the severity of the symptoms. This is typically done with topical creams and treatments. These have various medicines which will reduce the inflamed area and the itching issues. There are also some medications which work to slow skin growth. Typically they are synthetic replacements for vitamin D.
There is also a mounting belief in the use of phototherapy. This uses different types of light (UV, UVA, UVB) to try and reduce the severity and the frequency of psoriasis flare ups. It can be general therapy on the whole body, or targeted at specific regions.
The other option is to change lifestyle to try to help appearance and keep things clean. Baths rather than showers can show some benefits, especially with added items like specific salts and oils. Giving up alcohol can be of assistance. When people diagnose what triggers their outbreaks, it’s easier to then just avoid those as much as possible.
No information on this website should be used to start the use of dietary supplements and vitamins, natural and herbal products, homeopathic medicine and other mentioned products prior to a consultation with a physician or certified healthcare provider.