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What is Psoriasis | Treatment of Psoriasis | Psoriasis Versus Eczema

Updated on July 17, 2011

Psoriasis is a common inflammation of skin that is characterized by outbreaks of scaly red blotchy rash, predominantly on the knees, trunk, elbows, hands, nails, and scalp. Psoriasis is noncontagious and affects about 3% of world population. This skin disease is produced by biochemical imbalance of immune system. Psoriasis can develop suddenly or gradually and may appear and disappear repeatedly over time without any known cause. Although the cause of psoriasis is unknown, it has been linked to an inherited disorder that may be related to an inflammatory response of immune system through which our immune system accidentally targets our own body cells. For example in normal skin, new cells take about a month to move from the deepest layer of skin (hypodermis) to the outer surface of skin (epidermis). In case of psoriasis, this process is much faster, where the new cells reach the outer layer of skin within a few days, so there is a constant turnover of new cells and due to this; dead cells are not able to peel out forming large scales over the skin. According to some recent studies, there are certain items or behaviors that may aggravate this skin condition and these include some bacterial or viral infections, some medications, excessive consumption of alcohol, obesity, lack of sunlight or excessive sunlight, frequent scratching or friction of skin surface, and stress. In short, most injuries or irritations worsen this disease. In case of immunosuppressive patients or carriers of autoimmune diseases, psoriasis can be fatal.

Psoriasis on skin
Psoriasis on skin

TREATMENT OF PSORIASIS

To stop the occurrence of psoriasis spots, it is recommended to address them with use of emollient lotions, steroid creams, and topical antifungals. Effects of treatment can be doubled with precautions such as moderating exposure to sun, daily baths with oatmeal, maintaining good skin hygiene, and utilizing good health habits.

Including a balanced diet, daily exercise, adequate rest, and avoiding stress can calm the psoriasis problem, but these measures will only serve if psoriasis is mild because in cases of severe psoriasis (psoriatic erythroderma), some patients may even require hospitalization.

For patients suffering from severe psoriasis, a new option is available which involves injecting medicines, which are called biologics (monoclonal antibodies and fusion proteins). Biologics go straight to the root of psoriasis and stop the body's inflammatory response treating the severe psoriasis skin disease.

Psoriasis can negatively affect the quality of life of patients as it creates a rejection or fear by the society who want to remain far form people having this problem just due to unawareness about this condition. In addition, some of the applied treatments for psoriasis cause bad smell, which contributes to the isolation of psoriasis patients. All these factors increase undue stress in patients suffering from this condition, which as a result aggravates the disease.

PSORIASIS VERSUS ECZEMA

Today one of my friends at facebook, Priya Wadhwa, asked an interesting question to me “How Psoriasis Differs From Eczema”. She wanted to inquire that what is psoriasis and what is eczema and are they different or same. So in response to her interesting question, this is my answer:

Eczema is also called as atopic dermatitis, which is an eruption of skin lesions of a chronic nature, which occurs in some people with sensitive skin. These skin lesions are red, scaly, and weepy and cause itching and pain.

Now psoriasis differs from eczema because causes of eczema include allergy or sensitivity to various substances such as cosmetics, certain metals, gloves, etc. and psoriasis is caused due to body’s inflammatory response, so psoriasis is caused due to internal factors with unknown cause and eczema happens with allergic response to external factors with know causes. Hope this helps to all who are looking for an answer to this question.

Eczema on hands
Eczema on hands
Psoriasis skin disease
Psoriasis skin disease
HubMob Weekly Topic: The return of the Health Hubs - Hub #11 by soni2006
HubMob Weekly Topic: The return of the Health Hubs - Hub #11 by soni2006

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @Dr. Ayurveda, Namaskar, I know the ultimate benefits of Ayurvedic medicine on human body and I know there is a sureshot cure of psoriasis. Thanks for your useful comment.

      @positivelysimple, oh friend there are lot of fake doctors out there and you just took the right decision in the most positive manner. Nothing in the world is the best healer than natural medicine. I totally agree with your decision and positive thinking. Enjoy.

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      positivelysimple 

      5 years ago from United States, Eastern Coast

      Thank you for the great information, I was actually misdiganosed with psoriasis. One doctor wanted to give me UV treatments, The second opinion wanted to give me G-hormone injections, the third was better she just prescribed hundreds of dollars in lotions. After all this I heard about the effects of food allergies and I thought why not so I went on a RAW organic diet two years ago. I have been blessed with beautiful skin again but I am not trusting a doctor to find out the food allergy. So I eat fruits and veggies, lost a ton of weight and I no longer hide my hands or feet. It took ten years of multiple doctors with radical therapies before I looked at what I put in my body.

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      doctorayurveda 

      6 years ago

      Namaste Soniji. Thanks for giving good information on Psoriasis. I am Ayurveda Physician (Vaidya). I am practicing Ayurveda in Pune,India since fifiteen years now. To my experience psoriasis can be well controlled and even can be cured to some extent in some patients with Ayurvedic herbal formulations. But it really needs extreme patience to treat psoriasis. From the patients view point its necessary to mark exact dietary and psychological aggrevating factors alongwith timely medication. Ayurveda's unique Panchakarma (especially Vamana)Treatment can make the patient free not only from psoriasis but also from its medicines.

      Thanks again.

      From Dr.Ayurveda

      atharva9@yahoo.com

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      alice 

      7 years ago

      very good information for about psoriasis very useful

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Granny. Most skin problems become worse in summers due to extreme heat causing other minor skin problems and when they combine together, they cause a real outburst in summers.

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Hi buddy. I have missed you. Great hub. My nephew has this. It is real bad in the summer months

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes LensMan, I am from medical field, I am actually into medical transcription and sharing my knowledge over here at hubpages.

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      LensMan999 

      8 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Great hub ,soni2006 . Are you from medical field ?

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the deep review of this hub marcofratelli.

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      marcofratelli 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Good information here, especially on the difference between psoriasis and eczema. Thanks

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Granny. I really feel sorry for your nephew's condition. I just want to spread awareness about diseases and conditions affecting us, the humans, so that we have much information beforehand to conquer the disease and maintain a healthy life.

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      My nephew has this real bad. It seems like when he sweats it gets real bad. Great hub as always. Thanks

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