What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a disease in which the skin shows presence of whitish or red patches covered with silvery scales. It is a remitting and relapsing disease, which means that there are times when the patches get worse and then better, only to get worse again.

Psoriasis affects both men and women equally and is more in younger people. Today, about 4% of the global world has Psoriasis.


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What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is of different types:

  • Plaque Psoriasis:This is the commonest type and is seen as raised, red-colored patches on the skin that are covered with silvery scales. The patches or plaques are dry, may or may not itch and are sometimes painful.
  • Pustular Psoriasis:When the patches of Psoriasis begin getting filled with pus, become tender and fever with chills develop, it is called Pustular Psoriasis.
  • Guttate Psoriasis:This is seen most often in children. The skin shows presence of drop-shaped lesions of psoriasis primarily on the trunk and limbs.
  • Inverse Psoriasis:Primarily precipitated by fungal infections, inverse psoriasis is so named because the lesions are seen in the folds of the skin like in the groin, under the breasts, in armpits, etc.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis:Here, the entire skin becomes red, and is accompanied by a burning sensation. There is also an accompanying fever and itching.
  • Nail Psoriasis:Even nails are not spared by this condition. When affected by Psoriasis, nails become pitted and abnormally shaped, and they can even separate from the nail bed.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis:Stiffness and pain in joints may occur as a result of psoriatic affection.

Why does Psoriasis occur?

The causes of Psoriasis have not yet been accurately pinpointed. However, it is known to have descended down in families.

Psoriasis results from a hyperactive skin, in which cells of the skin grow, mature and die quicker than they actually should. This increases the “turnover” of the cells and results in unnecessarily fast shedding and subsequent scaling.

Psoriasis does have certain “triggers” like:

  • Excessively dry skin
  • Injuries to skin like cuts, burns, etc.
  • Allopathic medicines like anti-malarial drugs, beta blockers prescribed in cases of high blood pressure, etc.
  • Any bacterial or viral infection affecting the body
  • People undergoing chemotherapy resulting in lowered immunity
  • Emotional stress

How does Homeopathy work in Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a disease that stems from an increased immune response in the body due to apparently unknown causes. Homeopathic medicines correctly prescribed ease the turnover of the skin cells, and bring into control the scaling and patchiness of the disease, leaving behind normal skin.

Also, the sooner treatment is started the better as Psoriasis of long-standing can begin attacking joints resulting in arthritis.

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