FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Common Questions about Psoriasis

WHAT IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF PSORIASIS?

While there is no established cause for it, the immune system and genetics have prominent roles playing. The t cells from the immune system act on the skin cells causing them to pile up and develop into psoriasis.

WHAT DOES PSORIASIS LOOK LIKE?

Depending on the type of psoriasis affected, the appearance may vary. However psoriasis in general looks like red patches with scales, a pile of dead cells, lesions, and red dots on the skin too.

WHAT IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR PSORIASIS?

The best opted treatment is based on how severe the disease and the symptoms are. Topical treatments, light therapies, oral and injected medications, alternative medicine, Ayurveda, etc are all the means availed in the treatment.

CAN PSORIASIS BE CURED?

As of now, there is no direct cure proved for psoriasis. Still, the treatments developed by far can keep the impacts of the disease in control.

HOW DO I GET RID OF PSORIASIS FAST?

There is no straight way out but a few lifestyle changes can ease the stress of the disease. Taking bath twice, a little sun exposure, keeping the affected area covered in the nights, keeping it moisturized, applying topical creams, etc are a few.

WHAT HAPPENS IF PSORIASIS IS LEFT UNTREATED?

Left untreated psoriasis develops complications of its own. It has a record of developing into psoriatic arthritis, atherosclerotic diseases, and some cancers.

IS PSORIASIS A BIG DEAL?

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. A chronic inflammatory disease affecting indeed is a big deal.

WHAT CAN BE MISTAKEN FOR PSORIASIS?

Most of the skin allergies, rashes, dry or dehydrated skin, dandruff, eczema, dermatitis, etc., are often mistaken for psoriasis.

WHAT SHOULD YOU NOT EAT IF YOU HAVE PSORIASIS?

Alcohol, smoking, processed foods, dairy products, and red meat are considered as food triggers for psoriasis along with gluten.

HOW CAN I PERMANENTLY TREAT PSORIASIS AT HOME?

You can not cure psoriasis permanently without any medical assistance at home. Some remedies can ease the symptoms to an extent.

HOW CAN I TREAT PSORIASIS NATURALLY?

The most natural treatment available for psoriasis is Ayurveda. Panchakarma therapy of Ayurveda involves detox and dietary changes. This is the same principle on which the home remedies are also based.

IS VACCINE GOOD FOR PSORIASIS?

Vaccines are given to those with psoriasis to prevent any infections. But certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) is the potential injection available for psoriasis.

CAN YOU CATCH PSORIASIS SEXUALLY?

Psoriasis is not a contagious disease and it can not be transmitted by any means from one another.

WHAT ORGAN CAN BE AFFECTED BY PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis is prominently a skin disease. Scalp, knees, elbows, back, face, feet, and palms are affected in general.

IS PSORIASIS CAUSED BY STRESS?

Both stress and psoriasis are related to equal. Stress is a trigger for psoriasis and a psoriatic flare causes stress.

HOW DO YOU STOP PSORIASIS SPREAD?

Psoriasis is not contagious so it won’t spread to others. But to keep the disease severity in control, getting treated is absolutely necessary.

IS COFFEE BAD FOR PSORIASIS?

It doesn’t affect psoriasis. There is no established relationship between drinking coffee and psoriasis flare-ups.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PSORIASIS AND ECZEMA?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with scaly patches whereas eczema is a dermal infection with pus-filled, itchy, and peeling skin.

CAN THE SUN HELP PSORIASIS?

Too much sun exposure can cause a flare-up, but basking in little sunlight has eased the comfort.

IS PSORIASIS CONTAGIOUS?

No. psoriasis is purely an autoimmune reaction triggered in one’s body and it can not transmit to others by touch or any contact.

WHAT IS PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS

Arthritis that is developed in people suffering from psoriasis is psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic patients complain of joint pains a while after psoriasis.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER CONDITIONS LINKED TO PSORIASIS?

Other than psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis can develop into conditions like hearing loss, liver and kidney disease,  cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, metabolic disorders, osteoporosis, etc.

IS YOGA HELPFUL FOR PSORIASIS?

Yes, it is. yoga involving breathing, strengthening, and meditations relieve the stress and increase blood circulation to the affected areas.

WHAT IS TAI CHI IN PSORIASIS?

It is a Chinese practice more like yoga but has slow breathing practices. nonetheless, it is recommended for those with arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

HOW CAN WE STOP ITCHING IN PSORIASIS?

Regular moisturizing of the skin, and removing the plaque, using cold press and salt baths are a few effective ways to reduce the itch.

WHY IS IT ITCHIER IN NIGHTS?

The skin cells proliferate in the nights, the skin is more dehydrated, the pH levels become more acidic in the nights all these together cause itching. That is why a proper moisturization is suggested before sleep.

DOES PSORIASIS SPREAD IF YOU SCRATCH IT?

No, it won’t as it is not contagious. But scratching the area gives an appearance of severity.

WHAT IS THE BEST ANTI-ITCH CREAM FOR PSORIASIS?

Hydrocortisone cream is the most recommended cream and works for the most.

WHAT STOPS PSORIASIS ITCH INSTANTLY?

Pressing with a cold pack for 10mins or moisturizing can help. Applying an anti-itch cream can also ease the itch.

IS IT TRUE THAT OVERWEIGHT WOMEN ARE AT GREATER RISK FOR PSORIASIS?

Overweight can be a trigger to psoriasis rather than a cause. And yes obesity worsens the disease.

DOES PSORIASIS WORSEN WITH AGE?

Psoriasis does not depend on any other factor than an autoimmune reaction to worsening or to be caused. it has nothing to do with age. People with 15- 35 years are likely to be affected and the chronic disease gets severe thereon.

HOW CAN I CURE PSORIASIS FAST?

A few changes like eating healthy and avoiding triggers, staying stress-free and composed, dietary supplements and medications, moisturizers and creams, hydration and baths, yoga and exercise, etc can keep the flares away.

DOES VINEGAR KILL PSORIASIS?

Vinegar kills the bacteria causing various skin infections like strep throat etc keeping the pH intact. This decreases the psoriasis flares by bacteria.

IS COW URINE GOOD FOR PSORIASIS?

Famous research has put forth that many skin benefits come with cow urine. However, it is not used in any treatment in practice.

CAN TURMERIC CURE PSORIASIS?

Turmeric has curcumin. Its anti-inflammatory properties heal the inflammation in psoriasis and arthritis.

CAN COCONUT OIL CURE PSORIASIS?

Coconut oil moisturizes the skin, helps in the removal of psoriasis scales from the skin. Applying it as a moisturizer reduces the symptoms of psoriasis.

IS SALTWATER GOOD FOR PSORIASIS?

Salt washes away the dead cells also dehydrates the skin too. Too much exposure to saltwater also can worsen the symptoms.

WHAT IS THE COMMON FORM OF PSORIASIS?

80 to 90 percent of people suffer from plaque-type of psoriasis. It shows red patches, with raised surfaces and silvery-white scales covering them.

ARE THERE TYPES OF PSORIASIS?

Yes, there are seven types of psoriasis.

CAN PSORIASIS RUN IN THE FAMILY?

Psoriasis is a problem in one’s own immune system. However, chances of risk are higher in families with already psoriasis affected generations.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis is divided in to Plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular and erythrodermic psoriasis, Nail psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis.

WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF SOMEONE WITH PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis onset in patients below 25 years of age results in death even before 60. But people who got psoriasis after 30 years have a life of 70 years.

IS PSORIASIS A SIGN OF A WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM?

Psoriasis is a misfire of the immune system . it makes the body weak and more susceptible to other infections.

DO PEOPLE WITH PSORIASIS GET SICK MORE?

CAN DRINKING LEMON WATER DAILY HELP PSORIASIS?

The lemon water has citrus acids and other AHAs that have exfoliating effects on the skin. It is believed to clean up psoriasis and dandruff same as the dead cells.

IS YOGHURT GOOD FOR PSORIASIS?

The addition of yogurt and fermented foods has shown positive results acting as probiotics in the body.

DOES SUGAR MAKE PSORIASIS WORSE?

Saturated sugars, processed foods, and junk are more likely to add inflammation to the body.

ARE BANANAS BAD FOR PSORIASIS?

Rather than the fruit, its peel is used as a remedy in psoriasis to moisten the skin.

IS RICE BAD FOR PSORIASIS?

Eating refined grains or cooked rice raises blood sugar levels and in turn, inflammations increase in the body. These are triggers for a flare-up.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO DO FOR PSORIASIS?

Applying topical cream or ointment, and avoiding the triggers is the best thing to do for psoriasis.

HOW DO YOU GET RID OF PSORIASIS IN THE HAIR?

There are stipulated over the counter products for scalp psoriasis. Using them alongside combing and shampooing can reduce the scales.

HOW CAN I PERMANENTLY REMOVE SCALP PSORIASIS AT HOME?

Apple cider vinegar is one best home remedy that can effectively reduce scales. Water and apple cider in a 1:1 ratio are applied.

DO THE SYMPTOMS OF PSORIASIS STAY FOREVER?

Psoriasis is a chronic disease and it has no cure. The disease and flare-ups never go off permanently. Still, symptoms and impacts can be controlled.

WHAT FOODS TRIGGER PSORIASIS?

Refined grains, processed foods, saturated sugars and fats, gluten, dairy, eggs, red meats, eggplants, etc trigger psoriasis.

HOW DOES PSORIASIS AFFECT THE QUALITY OF LIFE?

Suicidal tendencies, depression, less productivity, absenteeism at work, other major ailments of body are issues in the quality of life.

HOW IS PSORIASIS DIAGNOSED?

A physical examination and history followed by biopsy tests for psoriasis. In psoriatic arthritis, a blood test is given.

WHY DOES MY PSORIASIS GET BETTER IN SUMMER?

Basking in the sunlight, wearing lighter clothes are meant to better psoriasis.

CAN I USE SUNSCREEN ON MY PSORIASIS?

Yes indeed. A  good sunblock is a must for people with psoriasis even when they are uncovering to the sun for a while.

WHY DOES MY PSORIASIS GET WORSE IN WINTER?

It gets worse in winter because of the dryness, hot showers, being exposed to room heaters, cooler climates, and no sun exposure.

WILL PSORIASIS GET SEVERE IF I GET SICK?

Psoriasis itself is an autoimmune disease and getting sick while worsening the immune system. Though psoriasis won’t get worse, the immunity surely gets effective.

IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN STREP THROAT AND PSORIASIS?

Strep throat is a trigger or guttate psoriasis.

CAN I GET FLU SHOT OR OTHER IMMUNIZATIONS IF I HAVE PSORIASIS?

Yes, getting a flu shot rejuvenates the already worsened immune system.

DOES DEVELOPING PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS MEAN MY PSORIASIS IS GETTING WORSE?

Psoriasis severity has nothing to do with psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis may start in parallel with psoriasis or a little later.

IS MY PSORIASIS CAUSED BY THE FOODS I AM EATING?

Psoriasis flare-ups are triggered by the foods we eat. Processed foods, junk, saturated foods, glutens, and certain veggies and fruits, etc are on the list.

WHAT ON EARTH IS PFI? DLQI?

It is a psoriasis family index which is a questionnaire created for the family of psoriasis patients and the Dermatology life quality index is for individuals suffering from psoriasis. These are framed to assess the quality of life.

WHAT TYPE OF PSORIASIS DO I HAVE?

There are 7 types of psoriasis affecting people. And there are unique appearances and symptoms for each kind, so it’s easy to differentiate by look.

HOW SEVERE IS MY PSORIASIS?

It can be considered severe if it can’t be controlled by topical applications. If psoriasis occupies more than 10 per cent of the body it can be severe.

WHAT ABOUT PSORIASIS IN CHILDREN?

Children may develop plaque psoriasis and guttate psoriasis mostly.  Scalp psoriasis can develop on the head. All of these are chronic.

WHERE DOES PSORIASIS SHOW UP?

Scalp, elbows, knee, sole, face, and palms typically show psoriasis patches. It can be scales, bumps or patches.

HOW DOES PSORIASIS START?

It starts because of an autoimmune reaction. The pink or red area of the skin develops bumps later into itchy white silvery scales.

WHICH FRUIT IS BEST FOR PSORIASIS?

Fruits are rich in vitamin C and D and other antioxidants like berries, apples, cherries, oranges, limes, etc besides veggies like spinach, kale, etc.

HOW CAN I BOOST MY IMMUNE SYSTEM TO FIGHT PSORIASIS?

The immune system is overactive in psoriasis. Still, to maintain the boost in the immune system water aerobics, swimming, eating healthy, and healthy lifestyle changes can be made as an effort besides being treated.

CAN PSORIASIS GO AWAY ON ITS OWN?

Psoriasis stays forever, it’s a chronic disease. Its symptoms and flare-ups can be controlled by treatments.

DOES LACK OF SLEEP CAUSE PSORIASIS?

No, it cannot cause psoriasis. In fact, psoriasis causes sleeplessness with itch and discomfort.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR PSORIASIS TO CLEAR UP?

If psoriasis skin is cleared by treatment, it does not take a year more for its remission. Psoriasis is unpredictable.

WHAT RASHES LOOK LIKE PSORIASIS?

Psoriasis rashes spread as a long patch of pink or red bumps, or itchy piled up the skin and develops white silvery scales or dandruff-like flakes.

IS PSORIASIS A FUNGAL INFECTION?

Though it appears so, it is not at all a fungal infection.

HOW DOES EARLY PSORIASIS LOOK LIKE?

It can appear as red or pink small bumps with scales or large areas with scales. It most likely starts at elbows, knees, and scalps.

WHAT ARE THE TRIGGERS OF PSORIASIS?

Stress is the first-hand trigger of psoriasis. Weather changes, trauma, infections, injuries, food, medications used can trigger psoriasis.

WHAT IS THE BEST HERB FOR PSORIASIS?

Aloe vera, mahonia, and indigo with their anti-inflammation and skin cell growth properties are mostly exploited.

IS ASHWAGANDHA GOOD FOR PSORIASIS?

Ashwagandha is said to have anti-stress properties. Ayurveda should have used its properties in treating psoriasis flare-ups.

CAN PSORIASIS SHORTEN LIFE?

It won’t directly affect the lifespan. However, in those with severe psoriasis, the addition of other chronic ailments in the body can contribute to reducing life span.

DOES VITAMIN D PILLS HELP PSORIASIS?

Vitamin D is used in combination with the topical creams of psoriasis. Vitamin D pills are prescribed only if there is any deficiency.

IS VITAMIN B12 GOOD FOR PSORIASIS?

Vitamins B, D, E, and K, etc. are used as supplements in psoriasis to enhance the treatment benefits.

IS PSORIASIS A VITAMIN DEFICIENCY?

No psoriasis is an  autoimmune disease and has nothing to do with vitamin deficiency.

IS FOLIC ACID GOOD FOR PSORIASIS?

Folic acid supplementation was used in the years as it is said to be good for cell proliferation but it has remained controversial.

CAN PSORIASIS AFFECT THE BLADDER?

Psoriasis is more than a skin-deep disease but it has no effects on the bladder. Kidneys and heart etc are prone to risk rather..

IS DEAD SEA SALT A REMEDY FOR PSORIASIS?

Dead sea water has bromide, zinc, potassium, magnesium, etc, that reduces skin ailments by 88 per cent. Inflammation is reduced by improving blood circulation and removing dead cells. It is widely used as a remedy.

IS DAIRY BAD FOR PSORIASIS?

Dairy products cause inflammation in general. It is better to include low-fat dairy products or none in the diet as they can act as triggers.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF PSORIASIS IN WINTERS?

Keep the skin smooth and moist, use humidifiers, avoid hot showers, and use warm baths instead. Stay away from direct exposure to heat. It dries up the skin.

HOW OFTEN ONE SHOULD BATHE WITH PSORIASIS?

A 5 mins bath a day or a lukewarm shower not more than 15mins. The hot water dries up the skin cells, so it is better to keep it cool or lukewarm.

DOES DRINKING WATER HELP PSORIASIS?

Drinking lots of water keeps the skin moist and hydrated. It definitely reduces the severity of psoriasis.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR IF I HAVE PSORIASIS?

Wearing loose-fitting clothes, breathable fabrics won’t rub hard against the skin. It reduces the itch.

CAN I SHAVE OVER PSORIASIS?

Shaving leads to cuts in the skin. Shaving over psoriasis anyways worsens the inflammation.

WHAT DOES INVERSE PSORIASIS LOOK LIKE?

It looks different from all other skin rashes with no bumps or thickened patches. The patches in this type are not dry but moist.

ARE EGGS GOOD FOR PSORIASIS?

The omega 3 fatty acids of eggs add benefits against inflammation in psoriasis.

ARE NIGHTSHADES BAD FOR PSORIASIS?

The nightshade plants have solanine in them, which develops inflammation.  That is why eggplants etc are avoided in the diet.

DOES AIP HELP PSORIASIS?

The autoimmune protocol eliminates the food that triggers autoimmune diseases, that is why paleo diet is adopted for psoriasis.

HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD I FOLLOW THE AIP DIET?

A month or 90 days diet with the gradual elimination of the foods one after another happens in this diet plan.

ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA 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 that 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, doing bad things, deeds are done in a 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 these producing discoloration in the skin is called kusta.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PSORIASIS IS 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.

HOW IS PSORIASIS DIAGNOSED?

No special blood tests or other diagnostic tool exists for psoriasis. The diagnosis is generally determined through examination of the skin by a physician or other health care provider.

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. 

CAN DIET AFFECT MY PSORIASIS?

Yes. Ayurveda says diet is the main reason for psoriasis.

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.

CAN PSORIASIS AFFECT THE GENITAL REGION?

Yes, both males and females can develop genital psoriasis at any age. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

WHERE DOES PSORIASIS SHOW UP?

Psoriasis can show up anywhere—on the eyelids, ears, mouth, and lips, skin folds, hands and feet, and nails. 

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. 

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.

20 thoughts on “FAQ”

  1. I would like to know what is the success rate and time required to cure psoriasis and is it required to take medicine life long?

  2. Hi
    The treatment duration depends on the nature of the diseases. There is no need to take lifelong medication. You have to avoid triggering factors and choose the right food and lifestyle which supports the healing. For more details, you can call or mail us

  3. Do you treat for Keloid also ?

  4. Please let me know Fee details, treatment details for Palmer Psoriasis. I’m not in a situation to afford high cost medicines.

  5. No Sir we treat only for Psoriasis

  6. Hi
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  7. I am experiencing some dryness in my forehead, and small patch of dryness in ear as shown here https://screenshot.net/l1r9qil
    Numerous doctors have told its not psoriasis, but recently, after seeing the photo, one doctor confirmed its psoriasis. My father has psoriasis, hence I understand that I have a risk.
    I have done virechana last year with the panch karma. I have also been having some medication, and using 777 oil. But, this dryness/dandruff is not going away. There is no scales. There is no crust formation like my father has. Can you let me know your thoughts

  8. Hi
    By seeing the snap that you have sent and the family history it looks like Psoriasis. For confirmation, you can go for Skin Biopsy near to your place.
    If you need any other information kindly call 9945850945
    Thank you

  9. I m having scaling and hard skin on eye lids and inner eye corner. I have itching,flares and some time scales. Is this psoriasis. How can i treat it. Its very small spot , you can say its initial stage. What should i do to stop it.

  10. It is difficult to know and understand your problem through your description only. Better you visit nearby Dermatologist/Skin Specialist doctor to get diagnosis and treatment.

  11. Hello sir ,
    Everyone told me to no treatment available for psoriasis. I can suffer for psoriasis in 4 year. What can I do.

  12. My wife is suffering from Psoriasis arthritis from few years. Have already tried homeo and allopathy , is that curable, What sort of treatment she may have to undergo and how long it is going to last.

  13. Can you call 9945850945 to talk to dr

  14. Hi, Call 9945850945 to talk to dr

  15. Hello
    I am suffering from psoriasis since last 25 years. It went in middle during pregnancy. Have tried almost everything. Patches comes at few places. And now using steroids. But really fed up if this. I am not in India. So can you please tell food wise what I should stop.. I am not having spicy food at all. Thanks

  16. Hi Varsha,
    Need to know more about your current food habits and lifestyle in detail so that we can make a correction in that (avoiding the triggering food and lifestyle is the most important.

  17. hello

    I had infected with with psoriasis last two years. i had allopathy treatment at Mumbai, got it reduced, But unfortunately again this has developed. I want your suggestion how to cure this disease

  18. Hi
    Psoriasis does not have a cure yet through medications. Most of the medications can help you to reduce your symptoms and delay the reoccurrence of psoriasis. As it is known as an autoimmune disease it’s better to correct it with boosting the immune system by following right food habits and adopting a healthy lifestyle. You need to avoid all the triggering factors to support the healing system.

  19. Need to know regarding scalp psoriasis

  20. Hi
    Kindly call 9945850945 to talk to doctor

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