PSORIASIS AND SKIN DISEASES
PSORIASIS AND SKIN DISEASES
WHAT IS PSORIASIS?
Psoriasis is a noncontagious, chronic skin disease that produces plaques of thickened, scaly skin. The dry flakes of silvery-white skin scales result from the excessively rapid proliferation of skin cells. Psoriasis is fundamentally a defective inflammatory response. The proliferation of skin cells is triggered by inflammatory chemicals produced by specialized white blood cells called T-cells. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp. The spectrum of this disease ranges from mild with limited involvement of small areas of skin to severe psoriasis with large, thick plaques to red inflamed skin affecting the entire body surface. Psoriasis is considered an incurable, long-term (chronic) inflammatory skin condition. It has a variable course, periodically improving and worsening. It is not unusual for psoriasis to spontaneously clear for years and stay in remission. Many people note a worsening of their symptoms in the colder winter months. Psoriasis affects all races and both sexes. Although psoriasis can be seen in people of any age, from babies to seniors, most commonly patients are first diagnosed in their early adult years. The self-esteem and quality of life of patients with psoriasis is often diminished because of the appearance of their skin. Recently, it has become clear that people with psoriasis are more likely to have diabetes, high blood lipids, cardiovascular disease, and a variety of other inflammatory diseases. This may reflect an inability to control inflammation. Caring for psoriasis takes medical teamwork.
CAUSES of PSORIASIS Autoimmune disease
TYPES of PSORIASIS
There are several different forms of psoriasis, including plaque psoriasis or psoriasisvulgaris (common type), guttate psoriasis (small, drop-like spots), inverse psoriasis (in the folds like of the underarms, navel, groin, and buttocks), and pustular psoriasis (small pus-filled yellowish blisters).
When the palms and the soles are involved, this is known as palmoplantar psoriasis. In erythrodermic psoriasis, the entire skin surface is involved with the disease. Patients with this form of psoriasis often feel cold and may develop congestive heart failure if they have a preexisting heart problem. Nail psoriasis produces yellow pitted nails that can be confused with nail fungus. Scalp psoriasis can be severe enough to produce localized hair loss, plenty of dandruff, and severe itching.
SYMPTOMS of PSORIASIS
Plaque psoriasis signs and symptoms appear as red or pink small scaly bumps that merge into plaques of raised skin. Plaque psoriasis classically affects skin over the elbows, knees, and scalp and is often itchy. Although any area may be involved, plaque psoriasis tends to be more common at sites of friction, scratching, or abrasion. Sometimes pulling off one of these small dry white flakes of skin causes a tiny blood spot on the skin. This is a special diagnostic sign in psoriasis called the Auspitz sign.
Fingernails and toenails often exhibit small pits (pinpoint depressions) and/or larger yellowish-brown separations of the nail from the nail bed at the fingertip called distal onycholysis. Nail psoriasis may be confused with and incorrectly diagnosed as a fungal nail infection.
Guttate psoriasis symptoms and signs include bumps or small plaques (½ inch or less) of red itchy, scaling skin that may appear explosively, affecting large parts of the skin surface simultaneously, after a sore throat. In inverse psoriasis, genital lesions, especially in the groin and on the head of the penis, are common. Psoriasis in moist areas like the navel or the area between the buttocks (intergluteal folds) may look like flat red plaques without much scaling. This may be confused with other skin conditions like fungal infections, yeast infections, allergic rashes, or bacterial infections. Symptoms and signs of pustular psoriasis include at rapid onset of groups of small bumps filled with pus on the torso. Patients are often systemically ill and may have a fever.
Erythrodermic psoriasis appears as extensive areas of red skin often involving the entire skin surface. Patients may often feel chilled.
Scalp psoriasis may look like severe dandruff with dry flakes and red areas of skin. It can be difficult to differentiate between scalp psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis when only the scalp is involved. However, the treatment is often very similar for both conditions.
HOW TO TREAT PSORIASIS with AYURVEDA?
A person with psoriasis could use special Ayurvedic preparations on their skin.
One of the most common topical preparations used to treat psoriasis in Ayurvedic medicine contains turmeric. This is a compound that is derived from a root that is similar to ginger.
Often used in cooking, turmeric can also be mixed into a paste that can be applied to the skin.
Baths and moisturizers.
Having regular baths are helpful in keeping areas of psoriasis lesions clean and soft. Additionally, baths can be soothing and reduce stress, which may offer further benefits in reducing the incidence of psoriasis. Applying natural soothing oils, such as coconut or olive oils may help to soften the skin and relieve itching and discomfort associated with psoriasis.
Meditation and movement.
Meditation and the practice of Pranayama, a method of controlled breathing techniques, may benefit a person in reducing their psoriasis.
Ayurvedic practices generally revolve around a vegetarian diet. Foods to avoid include those that contain an excess of carbohydrates and products that contain lots of sugar. In addition, Ayurvedic practices suggest a person should avoid foods that are "in the extreme," such as ones that are too salty, too sour, or too acidic.
Ayurveda practitioners recommend that a person "listen" to their body. By responding to urges to urinate or defecate, for example, they will help clear their body of toxins.
WHAT AYURVEDIC MEDICINES CAN HELP with PSORIASIS
As well as turmeric, there are many other Ayurvedic herbs available, and several could potentially benefit people with psoriasis.
One example is applying fresh banana leaf to areas of skin affected by psoriasis. Additional Ayurvedic herbs that may be used to treat psoriasis include: aloe vera black nightshade boswellia (frankincense) garlic guggal jasmine flower paste neem etc
Many types of herbs used to treat inflammation exist in Ayurveda. A person should always ask their doctor before using them in addition to or in place of their current topical treatments.
Using our unique product Moringa Oleifera as an addition to treatment will help you achieve the best results.
All these Ayurvedic procedures can be used both separately and in complex treatment. Consult the doctor for a treatment plan.
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