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Signs, Causes and Treatment of Psoriasis

Updated on May 1, 2012

Psoriasis is a Chronic Skin Condition

the skin turns red and scaly
the skin turns red and scaly | Source

Signs of Psoriasis

Signs of psoriasis are normally referred to as mysterious since no conclusive research has been carried out to study it. Researchers believe that psoriasis is caused by a deformity in the immune system. This causes the skin to grow quickly at an accelerated manner. This causes the skin layers to pile on top of each other. This causes the skin to form scaly formations that form on the surface. These scaly formations are usually red in surface. The reason that this psoriasis is regarded as mysterious is because it is not known why the immune system is hit by this abnormality. Signs of psoriasis are diverse as there are different types of psoriasis. The different types of psoriasis are the plaque type. It can also be referred as psoriasis vulgaris. This type of the disease affects close to 80% of the people who exhibit signs of psoriasis. The other type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis which is characterized by thick rough patches of skin which appear scaly.

Early Signs of Psoriasis

Changes in the color of nails and skin are early signs of psoriasis. Common regions that the signs of psoriasis are expressed are the knees, elbows, lower back. When a patient makes an observation that the color of the skin or the color of the finger nails is turning to yellow should consult a physician immediately for further checking. If a patient exhibits signs of psoriasis then the family members should not be worried because this disease is not contagious. There is no risk of contracting the disease by touching or sharing utensils with them.

psoriasis can cause embarrassment.

Genetic component of Psoriasis

Psoriasis as a condition tends to run in families though the signs of psoriasis may not manifest in all the family members. Some researchers believe that this is due to a genetic component. This is not clear as some others still argue that the environment still plays a part. Psoriasis may lie latent in the body for many years until triggered by a major event in person’s life. These are stressful events that really distort a person’s physiological processes that lead to the disease. Both men and women exhibit signs of psoriasis in an equal manner. No gender is genetically more predisposed. In terms of age the signs of psoriasis can be found in both young and old. On the other hand the Caucasian race is more affected as they tend to exhibit more signs of psoriasis.

Signs of Psoriasis can manifest anywhere


Social effects of Psoriasis

Signs of psoriasis can be very embarrassing to the patients suffering from it because the skin looks so rough and scaly. They mostly suffer from low self-esteem. This makes them to avoid social gatherings and becoming isolated. They also experience itchiness that can lead to hurting of the skin and also cracking. This usually leads to emotional anguish which can develop into depression. At this stage the patient will have complications since signs of psoriasis combined with depression syndrome will difficult to manage. When one is diagnosed with psoriasis then the physician prescribes some drugs but these merely conceal the signs of psoriasis.

Causes of psoriasis

Psoriasis is not a skin condition as it was widely believed in the earlier days. It is an immune condition that affects the body. The immune system is unable to fight diseases and ailments leading to white blood T cells attacking some parts of the skin. The most vulnerable areas are those that have been injured or have suffered a trauma.

People whose family members have been affected by psoriasis are more likely to suffer from the same. This is because it is genetic. But it will have to be triggered by external factors. Some risk factors include bacterial infections, some medications, injections, sun burns and the cold weather.

Treatment of Psoriasis

Treatment for psoriasis depends on the level of the infection. But what‘s important to note is that the shin condition can only be managed. The condition cannot be treated by applying lotions on the skin. The immune system is what causes the skin to have abnormal growth. There are some immune suppressants that fight against these. You should visit your doctor for prescription and some advice.

While taking the drugs there are some steps that can be looked at to ensure less pain and suffering:

Ø Taking a bath everyday with lukewarm or cold water. Be sure not to use soaps are harsh on your skin.

Ø The sun UV light has been used as a treatment for this skin condition. Take a few minutes to bask in the morning sun.

Ø The apple cider vinegar helps in reducing itching on the affected parts.

This while used together with the medication can greatly help in the management of the disease

signs of psoriasis are not outright clear . they might be confused with other skin conditions during the early stages.the management of this condition requires integrated approaches not just one so that the patient may continue enjoying life as before.


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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Thank you for this informative hub on psoriasis. Voted up and useful. Take care, Kelley