Does your skin feel itchy and result in colour patches (redness) as well as flakiness of your skin? Probably youre suffering from a skin disease known as psoriasis. Some of the other skin diseases include Eczema, Acne and Rosacea.
This skin condition is a chronic skin disease causing the skin cells to grow at a very rapid pace; resulting in white, thick, silvery or red patches on the skin. Usually skin cells would grow and flake off every 4 weeks and new skin cells would grow to replace the outer layers of the skin as and when they shed. However, this is not the case in Psoriasis. Here, new skin cells which grow move rapidly to the surface of the skin in days instead of weeks and build up to form thick patches called plaques (plax).
These patches (plaques or plax) differ in size and may be either small or grow to larger sized ones. Although they can occur anywhere on the body, they are commonly found on the knees, scalp, elbows, feet, hands, and feet and lower back. It is most common in adults, although teens and children are also susceptible to this skin disease.
Once psoriasis is identified it is also important to categorise which type it is of.
There are five different types of psoriasis known as plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic. 80% of the people suffering from psoriasis suffer from plaque (plak) psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris.
Pustular Psoriasis: This type appears as raised bumps which are filled with non-infectious pus (pustules).It can be localised and is most common on hands and feet. The surrounding skin is usually reddish in colour and tender. Common types include:
Generalized pustular psoriasis (pustular psoriasis of von Zumbusch)
Pustulosis palmaris et plantaris
Annular pustular psoriasis
This skin disorder is caused due to the over-reaction of our immune system. T-cells (a type of our white blood cells) which help to protect our body from certain infections and diseases get affected. If a person suffers from psoriasis, these cells are put into an over-action mode as well as other immune responses. In turn, the immune-over-response leads to inflammation and fast production of immature skin cells.
Psoriasis can also affect the nails and almost 50% suffering from psoriasis also report of discolouration of the fingernails and toenails. Also if the nails begin to pull away from the nail bed or they begin to develop ridges, pitting or become yellowish-orange; it could be a sign of psoriatic (sore-EE-at-ic) arthritis.
Although the disease is genetic and runs in families, psoriasis occurs when the immune system overreacts, causing inflammation and flaking of the skin.
Psoriasis can occur as a result of flare ups, which occur weekly, or monthly where it causes severe itching and pain. Sometimes the skin cracks and bleeds, leaving the person with feelings of guilt, despair, sadness and anger leading to low self-esteem.
Psoriasis treatment through homeopathy is one of the best solutions and is known to have no side-effect on the person. Homeopathic medicines are known to work by optimising our defence mechanisms. It is a natural healing method which is curative and non-suppressive by nature. It is important to understand the family background and the development of the skin disease. Some important factors to keep in mind include the family medical history, physical and mental characteristics of the patient; his/her likes and dislikes, medication details, etc. The entire treatment procedure is in alignment with the philosophy of homeopathic treatment 'Treat the patient, not the disease'.