Are you a victim of psoriasis? Do you keep getting embarrassed often because of your skin condition? Don’t worry, we understand you.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly. Lifestyle measures, such as moisturizing, quitting smoking and managing stress, may help.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune inflammatory skin disease in which the skin cells proliferate profusely. The rate of formation of the skin cells is far higher than normal. It can even be 1000 times the normal rate. Due to this increased rate of formation of skin cells, the immature cells keep getting pushed on to the surface of the skin. That is why the skin cells are large, whitish flakes like that of dandruff. The inflammation of the skin causes redness and itching.
In fact, it is itching which is the most troublesome for the patient. At times there is so much itching that one is forced to scratch till it bleeds and becomes raw.
A common myth that persists with general people is that psoriasis may spread from one patient to another healthy person by contact. Here one needs to understand that psoriasis is not contagious. This means that it cannot spread from one person to another. In fact, psoriasis is not an infectious disease. It does not occur due to infection of any sort. That is why it does not spread from one person to another.
Psoriasis signs and symptoms are different for everyone. Common signs and symptoms include:
Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas.
Most types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time or even going into complete remission.
There are several types of psoriasis. These include:
Guttate psoriasis. This type primarily affects young adults and children. It's usually triggered by a bacterial infection such as strep throat. It's marked by small, water-drop-shaped, scaling lesions on your trunk, arms, legs and scalp.
The lesions are covered by a fine scale and aren't as thick as typical plaques are. You may have a single outbreak that goes away on its own, or you may have repeated episodes.
Pustular psoriasis. This uncommon form of psoriasis can occur in widespread patches (generalized pustular psoriasis) or in smaller areas on your hands, feet or fingertips.
It generally develops quickly, with pus-filled blisters appearing just hours after your skin becomes red and tender. The blisters may come and go frequently. Generalized pustular psoriasis can also cause fever, chills, severe itching and diarrhea.
If you suspect that you may have psoriasis, see your doctor for an examination. Also, talk to your doctor if your psoriasis:
Seek medical advice if your signs and symptoms worsen or don't improve with treatment. You may need a different medication or a combination of treatments to manage the psoriasis.
The cause of psoriasis isn't fully understood, but it's thought to be related to an immune system problem with T cells and other white blood cells, called neutrophils, in your body. T cells normally travel through the body to defend against foreign substances, such as viruses or bacteria. But if you have psoriasis, the T cells attack healthy skin cells by mistake, as if to heal a wound or to fight an infection.
Overactive T cells also trigger increased production of healthy skin cells, more T cells and other white blood cells, especially neutrophils. These travel into the skin causing redness and sometimes pus in pustular lesions. Dilated blood vessels in psoriasis-affected areas create warmth and redness in the skin lesions. The process becomes an ongoing cycle in which new skin cells move to the outermost layer of skin too quickly — in days rather than weeks. Skin cells build up in thick, scaly patches on the skin's surface, continuing until treatment stops the cycle. Just what causes T cells to malfunction in people with psoriasis isn't entirely clear. Researchers believe both genetics and environmental factors play a role.
Psoriasis typically starts or worsens because of a trigger that you may be able to identify and avoid. Factors that may trigger psoriasis include:
Anyone can develop psoriasis, but these factors can increase your risk of developing the disease:
If you have psoriasis, you're at greater risk of developing certain diseases. These include:
There is a selection of conventional treatments on offer, starting with topical treatments, then phototherapy (light treatment) and then stronger, oral treatments. Topical treatments vary from simple emollients to moisturise the skin and alleviate itching, to salicylic acidbased creams, topical steroid creams of varying strength and tar preparations. Treatment with various forms of ultraviolet light is also used, sometimes in combination with a medicine called Psoralen.
Many patients themselves notice the beneficial effect on their skin of ultraviolet light when their psoriasis improves with exposure to sunlight in the summer months. For severe psoriasis, oral medication can be used, often in addition to topical treatment. However, they can have sideeffects. Also, most oral treatments are contraindicated during pregnancy.
When it comes to the treatment of psoriasis, it is a general perception that it is incurable. This perception is not exactly right. It is based on the view and experience of the allopathic system in the treatment of psoriasis. The mainstay of the allopathic system of medicine in psoriasis happens to be steroids. This is in direct contrast with the homeopathic system. Homeopathy is far more effective in the treatment of psoriasis and these homeopathic medicines are completely natural and do not contain any chemical compounds at all. The homeopathic remedies do not intend to suppress this inflammation. In fact, they intend to correct the cause that has resulted in this indiscriminate cell division and also the inflammation. Once these two things are set right, the symptoms disappear on their own. The skin lesions clear up and the skin starts looking normal as if nothing had ever happened.
Many patients I see have already tried one or more forms of conventional treatment. Those have mostly been helpful and often cleared the skin eruptions. However, the effect has usually been only temporary and at some stage the psoriasis has come back. Some patients are, therefore, looking for a more permanent “cure” for their condition, while others would simply like to reduce their use of steroid creams or other conventional treatments.
From the homeopathic point of view we can approach treatment in different ways. We can treat the person as a whole and try to find a constitutional remedy with the aim of strengthening the organism generally. This means looking at not only the patient’s psoriasis symptoms, but also his or her general health and way of reacting to the environment, as well as what drives him or her on an emotional level. But homeopaths can also treat symptomatically, meaning treating the psoriasis symptoms specifically. I usually aim for constitutional treatment but sometimes combine the two approaches, giving a more symptomatic skin remedy for flareups, while treating the person as a whole with a constitutional remedy.
Overall we often have good results with the treatment of psoriasis. However, I have seen in some of my patients that their general health as well as emotional wellbeing has improved but not the appearance of their psoriasis. Occasionally, I also see that the itch or soreness improves considerably but not so much the appearance. Or that the appearance is only slightly better but that the psoriasis does not affect them as much anymore, making it possible to get on with life. Although not the desired outcome, this obviously can have quite a positive impact on one’s life.
At the very outset, I wish to state that when it comes to treating Psoriasis with Homeopathy, it requires some patience on the part of both the patient and the doctor to get good results in the homeopathic treatment of psoriasis. That is essentially because of the nature of the disease and not because of any shortcoming of the homeopathic system of medicine. Psoriasis is an inveterate disease and can cause a lot of trouble and anxiety to the affected patient. That is why I am saying that it requires some patience on the part of the patient and doctor. Often patients start treatment and expect instant results from the treatment. They complain and whine to the doctor that their problem is not getting cured. This puts pressure on the doctor and if he is not experienced enough, he ends up changing the line of treatment under pressure from the patient. This can often lead to a golden chance of cure of psoriasis being missed.
TIMELY CONSULTATION, RIGHT PHYSICIAN, RIGHT REMEDY (Homoeopathy) leads to CURE .
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