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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is Psoriasis?
The name psoriasis is from the Greek language, meaning roughly “itching condition” (psora “itch” + -sis “action, condition”).
According to modern science, Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location.
In Ayurveda, all skin diseases are named under ‘Kusta’. The literal meaning of kusta is that which changes the normal skin to an abnormal state. To know more click here
2. What causes Psoriasis?
The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is believed that a combination of several factors contributes to the development of this disease.
In Ayurveda, there are specific causative factors which will responsible for the initiation of skin disease.
Pathogenesis according to Ayurveda:
Accumulation of causative factors by the improper food habits, consumption of incompatible food, causing harm to good people, Killing any living being, Stealing, by doing bad things, deeds are done in past life etc…
Vitiation of Doshas takes place and the aggravated doshas start circulating all over the body through sira’s or channels
Then these vitiate Twacha, Lasika, Rakta, Mamsa dhatu’s making them weak.
Then it pulls out theses producing discoloration in the skin is called kusta.
3. What happens when its ignored?
It is said in Ayurveda that when skin diseases are not treated in time or if ignored it will spread all over the body quickly. This is what we can see in psoriasis patients as they initially ignore the problem and once it gets increasing they approach for a solution.
4. How is psoriasis diagnosed?
5. What parts of the body are affected?
Psoriasis most commonly appears on the scalp, knees, elbows, and torso, however, psoriasis can develop anywhere including the nails, palms, soles, genitals, and face. The lesions often appear in a symmetrical fashion, and in the same place on the right and left sides of the body.
6. Can I pass along psoriasis to my partner?
Psoriasis is not contagious and cannot be transmitted from person to person.
7. How can flare-ups be prevented?
Avoid stress, maintain a healthy lifestyle and diligently follow your physician’s instructions in terms of treatment.
8. How can I stop itching my psoriasis?
The easiest way to control itching in psoriasis is by keeping the skin moisturized. Dry skin can aggravate the itchiness associated with psoriasis.
9. Can diet affect my psoriasis?
Yes. Ayurveda says diet is the main reason for psoriasis.
10. Can psoriasis cause hair loss?
Psoriasis itself will not cause your hair to fall out. But, the thick scales developed in the scalp region can entrap your hair. If the scales are removed, you can put out hairs in the process. Also, some medical ingredients like salicylic acid can temporarily damage your hair.
11. Can psoriasis affect the genital region?
Yes, both males and females can develop genital psoriasis at any age.
12. Why is my psoriasis different in summer and winter?
Seasonal changes can play a role in your psoriasis outbreaks. The extra sunlight during summer can help improve your flare-ups while the cold and dry air of winter can trigger it.
13. Can parents pass on psoriasis to their children?
There is a 20% chance that offspring will develop psoriasis through genetics. The chance for developing psoriasis rises to 60% if both parents have the disease.
14. What are psoriasis triggers?
The term “psoriasis trigger” is a term used to identify psoriasis breakouts. They can include stress, seasonal changes, temperature fluctuations, immune system weakness, infections, and medications.
15. How do I get psoriasis?
While scientists do not know what exactly causes psoriasis, we do know that the immune system and genetics play major roles in its development. Usually, something triggers psoriasis to flare. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate, which causes the buildup of psoriasis lesions.
16. Where does psoriasis show up?
Psoriasis can show up anywhere—on the eyelids, ears, mouth, and lips, skin folds, hands and feet, and nails.
17. Will I develop psoriatic arthritis?
Studies say that approximately up to 30% of people with psoriasis will eventually develop psoriatic arthritis.
18. Do Children get Psoriasis?
Yes. children’s are also diagnosed with psoriasis. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed because it is confused with other skin diseases. Symptoms include pitting and discoloration of the nails, severe scalp scaling, diaper dermatitis or plaques similar to that of adult psoriasis on the trunk and extremities.
19. Do people die from psoriasis?
Yes. Few people die from complications caused by psoriasis each year. Primarily, such complications occur in relation to a severe, extensive form of psoriasis.