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Most frequent psoriasis questions and answers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Left untreated psoriasis develops complications of its own. It has a record of developing into psoriatic arthritis, atherosclerotic diseases, and some cancers.
Our skin is the largest organ of our body. A chronic inflammatory disease affecting indeed is a big deal.
Most of the skin allergies, rashes, dry or dehydrated skin, dandruff, eczema, dermatitis, etc., are often mistaken for psoriasis.
Alcohol, smoking, processed foods, dairy products, and red meat are considered as food triggers for psoriasis along with gluten.
You can not cure psoriasis permanently without any medical assistance at home. Some remedies can ease the symptoms to an extent.
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.
Vaccines are given to those with psoriasis to prevent any infections. But certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) is the potential injection available for psoriasis.
Psoriasis is not a contagious disease and it can not be transmitted by any means from one another.
Psoriasis is prominently a skin disease. Scalp, knees, elbows, back, face, feet, and palms are affected in general.
Both stress and psoriasis are related to equal. Stress is a trigger for psoriasis and a psoriatic flare causes stress.
Psoriasis is not contagious so it won’t spread to others. But to keep the disease severity in control, getting treated is absolutely necessary.
It doesn’t affect psoriasis. There is no established relationship between drinking coffee and psoriasis flare-ups.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with scaly patches whereas eczema is a dermal infection with pus-filled, itchy, and peeling skin.
Too much sun exposure can cause a flare-up, but basking in little sunlight has eased the comfort.
No. psoriasis is purely an autoimmune reaction triggered in one’s body and it can not transmit to others by touch or any contact.
Arthritis that is developed in people suffering from psoriasis is psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic patients complain of joint pains a while after 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.
Yes, it is. yoga involving breathing, strengthening, and meditations relieve the stress and increase blood circulation to the affected areas.
It is a Chinese practice more like yoga but has slow breathing practices. nonetheless, it is recommended for those with arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Regular moisturizing of the skin, and removing the plaque, using cold press and salt baths are a few effective ways to reduce the itch.
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.
No, it won’t as it is not contagious. But scratching the area gives an appearance of severity.
Hydrocortisone cream is the most recommended cream and works for the most.
Pressing with a cold pack for 10mins or moisturizing can help. Applying an anti-itch cream can also ease the itch.
Overweight can be a trigger to psoriasis rather than a cause. And yes obesity worsens the disease.
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.
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.
Vinegar kills the bacteria causing various skin infections like strep throat etc keeping the pH intact. This decreases the psoriasis flares by bacteria.
Famous research has put forth that many skin benefits come with cow urine. However, it is not used in any treatment in practice.
Turmeric has curcumin. Its anti-inflammatory properties heal the inflammation in psoriasis and arthritis.
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.
Salt washes away the dead cells also dehydrates the skin too. Too much exposure to saltwater also can worsen the symptoms.
80 to 90 per cent of the people suffer from plaque-type of psoriasis. It shows red patches, with raised surface and silvery-white scales covering them.
Yes, there are seven types of psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a problem in one’s own immune system. However, chances of risk are higher in families with already psoriasis affected generations.
Psoriasis is divided in to Plaque psoriasis, guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular and erythrodermic psoriasis, Nail psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis.
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.
Psoriasis is a misfire of the immune system . it makes the body weak and more susceptible to other infections.
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.
The addition of yoghurt and fermented foods has shown positive results acting as probiotics in the body.
Saturated sugars, processed foods, and junk are more likely to add inflammation to the body.
Rather than the fruit, its peel is used as a remedy in psoriasis to moisten the skin.
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.
Applying topical cream or ointment, and avoiding the triggers is the best thing to do for psoriasis.
There are stipulated over the counter products for scalp psoriasis. Using them alongside combing and shampooing can reduce the scales.
Apple cider vinegar is one best home remedy that can effectively reduce scales. Water and apple cider in a 1:1 ratio are applied.
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.
Refined grains, processed foods, saturated sugars and fats, gluten, dairy, eggs, red meats, eggplants, etc trigger psoriasis.
Suicidal tendencies, depression, less productivity, absenteeism at work, other major ailments of body are issues in the quality of life.
A physical examination and history followed by biopsy tests for psoriasis. In psoriatic arthritis, a blood test is given.
Basking in the sunlight, wearing lighter clothes are meant to better psoriasis.
Yes indeed. A good sunblock is a must for people with psoriasis even when they are uncovering to the sun for a while.
It gets worse in winter because of the dryness, hot showers, being exposed to room heaters, cooler climates, and no sun exposure.
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.
Strep throat is a trigger or guttate psoriasis.
Yes, getting a flu shot rejuvenates the already worsened immune system.
Psoriasis severity has nothing to do with psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis may start in parallel with psoriasis or a little later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Children may develop plaque psoriasis and guttate psoriasis mostly. Scalp psoriasis can develop on the head. All of these are chronic.
Scalp, elbows, knee, sole, face, and palms typically show psoriasis patches. It can be scales, bumps or patches.
It starts because of an autoimmune reaction. The pink or red area of the skin develops bumps later into itchy white silvery scales.
Fruits rich in vitamin C and D and other antioxidants like berries, apples, cherries, oranges, limes, etc beside veggies like spinach, kale, etc.
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.
Psoriasis stays forever, it’s a chronic disease. Its symptoms and flare-ups can be controlled by treatments.
No, it cannot cause psoriasis. In fact, psoriasis causes sleeplessness with itch and discomfort.
If a psoriasis skin is cleared by treatment, it does not take a year more for its remission. Psoriasis is unpredictable.
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.
Though it appears so, it is not at all a fungal infection.
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.
Stress is the first-hand trigger of psoriasis. Weather changes, trauma, infections, injuries, food, medications used can trigger psoriasis.
Aloe vera, mahonia, and indigo with their anti-inflammation and skin cell growth properties are mostly exploited.
Ashwagandha is said to have anti-stress properties. Ayurveda should have used its properties in treating psoriasis flare-ups.
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.
Vitamin D is used in combination with the topical creams of psoriasis. Vitamin D pills are prescribed only if there is any deficiency.
Vitamins B, D, E, and K, etc. are used as supplements in psoriasis to enhance the treatment benefits.
No psoriasis is an autoimmune disease and has nothing to do with vitamin deficiency.
Folic acid supplementation was used in the years as it is said to be good for cell proliferation but it has remained controversial.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drinking lots of water keeps the skin moist and hydrated. It definitely reduces the severity of psoriasis.
Wearing loose-fitting clothes, breathable fabrics won’t rub hard against the skin. It reduces the itch.
Shaving leads to cuts in the skin. Shaving over psoriasis anyways worsens the inflammation.
It looks different from all other skin rashes with no bumps or thickened patches. The patches in this type are not dry but moist.
The omega 3 fatty acids of eggs add benefits against inflammation in psoriasis.
The nightshade plants have solanine in them, which develops inflammation. That is why eggplants etc are avoided in the diet.
The autoimmune protocol eliminates the food that triggers autoimmune diseases, that is why paleo diet is adopted for psoriasis.
A month or 90 days diet with the gradual elimination of the foods one after another happens in this diet plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Ayurveda says diet is the main reason for psoriasis.
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.
Yes, both males and females can develop genital psoriasis at any age.
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.
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.
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.
Psoriasis can show up anywhere—on the eyelids, ears, mouth, and lips, skin folds, hands and feet, and nails.
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.
Yes. Few people die from complications caused by psoriasis each year. Primarily, such complications occur in relation to a severe, extensive form of psoriasis.